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2012 Aikido Taisai

Phoenix Martial Arts

Saturday April 28th

group photo

"Once a year friends on the path of Aikido gather together here (Iwama) in celebration, and to reflect and show appreciation for the work of pioneers in Aikido who have gone before us. For this celebration the four walls of the Aiki Shrine are removed to show the bond and the harmony between the spirit and the natural world around us. This is my understanding of this event."
Homma Kancho

The Japanese Spring Taisai (festival) celebrates death and rebirth. In Iwama the festival is held on the anniversary of O'Sensei's death (26th April) in honour of his achievements and those of the pioneers of aikido.

The Sensei for the 2012 Taisai were Paul McGlone Sensei, 6th Dan Poole Aikido Club and Pete Reynolds Sensei, 4th Dan New Forest Aikido.

Entry to the taisai was by donation. Thanks to the generosity of the aikidoka attending and the Sensei in waving their teaching fees, after deducting the costs of staging the event,


was raised for

The Bournemouth and Poole Transverse Myelitis Support Group

View letter of thanks.

The Transverse Myelitis Society (TMS) is a UK registered charity affiliated with the worldwide Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA). The TMS provides information and support to over 700 TM sufferers, carers and families in UK. It also supports people with other rare auto-immune neurological conditions eg ADEM and NMO (Devic's Disease). TM. ADEM and NMO all involve inflammatory attacks in the central nervous system. Read more about TMS...

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2013 Taisai

The 2013 Taisai will be held on Saturday 27th April. If you have any suggestions for the event then please give them to Mark Sensei. But be warned if your suggestion involves a lot of work you will be asked to help!!

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