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e-Newsletter: ISSN 1712-235X
Summer 2008
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Dear students and parents,

After a slow start to Spring, Summer is here!

Thank you very much for the wonderful turn-out at our year-end Aikido Demo & Potluck 2008 on Friday 13 June. Your food contributions were delicious, and your contagious enthusiasm during the students' demonstration certainly made their evening. You made the whole year, and the Demo & Potluck a resounding success! I apologise for not being able to chat with all of you, but I do appreciate your presence, encouragement, interest, and support. Thank you.

During our year-end get together, we remembered our dear Adam Willing, who was called back home at the beginning of March this year. He is greatly missed by all of us who knew him, and who practised with him. We also paid tribute to our students from our very first Aikido class in Victoria in 2004 who are still practicing with us. The beauty of the art unfolds itself gently and gradually over the years of dedicated practice. As was mentioned in our last e-Newsletter, "stick-to-it-iveness" is so important for growth and development, and if we want to achieve what we set our hearts on in life. It is so heartwarming to see the dedication, improvement, and the maturity in the students blossom as the years go by.

It has been an eventful Spring, with my visit to the Aikido World Headquarters in Japan, and a little demonstration successfully performed by our students for the Saanich Active Living Day on Saturday, 24 May. A big thank you to James Mondok, Nicole Oei, Mark Balovnev, Mitchell Gaucher, Andrew Sharon, Sean Oei, and Gamma Willebordse for doing such a fine job at being ambassadors for Aikido. You can now view photos from these and other events, in our updated Photo Gallery linked through our website on www.UeshibaAikido.com.

Thank you, also, for making our Pro-D Day Workshops a success once again. As each step leads us on in our journey, students are slowly introduced to more aspects of Aikido technique and practice, and these Pro-D Day Workshops supplement our regular weekly classes nicely. Workshops allow us to focus and explore particular aspects of technique, philosophy, and weapons. To assist you in your practice, I have included video recordings of the 13 Jo Kata, and my own 31 Jo Kata in the Weapons section of the Glossary webpages; again linked through our website: www.UeshibaAikido.com. I will include video recordings of Happo Giri, Shiho Giri, and bokken etiquette, drawing and re-sheathing of the Katana for your reference soon.

With Summer, we look forward once again to our Aikido Warrior Camps, now in our 4th year. The weeklong summer programme allows aspiring new students to explore the world of Aikido, and our regular students to further fine-tune and enhance their understanding of Aikido technique and philosophy that will enable them to apply the Way to their daily lives too. Details of this, the summer schedule, and a new class beginning in September, can be found below, and in the Notices page of our website.

If you are going away for the Summer, be safe, and we will see you in the Fall. If you will be around in the Summer, note that we will resume classes again from Tuesday 8 July. For School Age students, details are in the Saanich Active Living Guide on page 25.

We have grown to know so many of you over the years. Gratitude and thanks from my family and I to you, for all the cards, wishes and gifts we have received. We appreciate your kindness and sincerity. You remain precious to us.

See you in the Dojo.

In harmony,
Rafael Oei Sensei.
Ueshiba Aikido (Victoria)

in this issue
Aikido Warriors' Camp
Aikido for the young

Ueshiba Aikido Golf/Polo shirts
Class Schedule/Grading Results

Founder of Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba
O Sensei

Aikido Warriors' Camp

Now in our 4th year, we are happy to offer our Aikido Warriors' Camp once again.

Gordon Head Recreation Centre
14 - 18 July
9am to 4pm
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
11 - 15 August
9am to 4pm
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre
28 July - 1 August
9am to 12noon

If you wish to sign up for the camps, do register at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre,
or at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre (online at http://recreation.saanich.ca/reconline/Start/)

Looking forward to seeing you there for another intense week of Aikido and self-discovery.

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Aikido for the young

In September, we will begin Aikido classes for the 5 to 7 year olds,
on Saturdays, from 11:15am to 12noon.

Classes will be at the Gordon Head Middle School Dance Studio.
As space is limited, do sign up soon if you are interested. Classes will be limited to only 10 students.

Do register at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre.

If you have any queries, feel free to contact me at 818-0284, or email me at rafoei@shaw.ca.

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Ueshiba Aikido Golf/Polo Shirts

A series of shirts, jackets and hoodies (for the younger students) are now available.

These are in black with the (kanji) characters "Aikido" embroidered in gold on the left or right chest, and the words "Ueshiba Aikido, Victoria BC" embroidered on the sleeve.

Golf/polo shirt: $30.
Hoodie: $48.
Jacket is $70.

Golf/polo shirt: $28.
Hoodie: $40.

You may view the shirts, jackets and hoodies on the website, or catch those who have already purchased their own.

If you are interested to order, please see Mrs Oei or send me an email.

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Class Schedules/Grading Results

Gordon Head Rec Ctr

Scheduled classes at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre:

Summer Cycle (8 classes)


Jul 8

Jul 15

Jul 22

Jul 29

Aug 5

Aug 12

Aug 19

Aug 26


Jul 9

Jul 16

Jul 23

Jul 30

Aug 6

Aug 13

Aug 20

Aug 27


Jul 10

Jul 17

Jul 24

Jul 31

Aug 7

Aug 14

Aug 21

Aug 28


Jul 11

Jul 18

Jul 25

Aug 1

Aug 8

Aug 15

Aug 22

Aug 29


Mixed Levels
Tuesday & Thursday
6 - 7pm
Thursday & Friday
4 - 5pm
5 - 6pm
5 - 6pm
6:30 - 7:30am

Students who are in the following grade levels may enrol in the corresponding class(es).

If you are unable to make it for that class, do contact me and provisions will be made.
As far as possible, do try to enrol in the appropriate class to reap the best benefit from that class:

Grade Level
Beginner and 12kyu Orange Belt
11kyu Green Belt, 10kyu Red Belt,
9kyu Blue Belt, 8kyu Blue Belt
Beginner and 12kyu Orange Belt
9kyu Blue Belt and above

If you are 16 years and above, do consider enrolling in the Tuesday and/or Thursday Adult classes.

If you wish to also enrol in the 4pm classes to continue improving on your basic techniques, you are more than welcome to join us then.

Gordon Head Middle School

Aikido classes at Gordon Head Middle School will continue in the coming Fall,
during lunch break on Mondays. Grateful thanks to Gordon Head Principal, Mr Kelly,
for his continued support of providing this programme for his students.


Autumn Cycle
Autumn Cycle
Winter Cycle
Spring Cycle
Spring Cycle
Summer Cycle

The recreation centre requires that all students be accounted for from the first lesson of each cycle.

As our Aikido programme is on-going, members of our dojo are encouraged to pre-registered for each new cycle.

Currently, students are reminded to register for each new cycle two weeks before the end of each cycle.
Typically, a cycle lasts two months. This year, there will only be three Grading Tests.

Post-dated cheques may be submitted to me or Mrs. Oei (Kathy).
The cheques are to be made payable to "Corporation of the District of Saanich".

Register at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre reception counter, or online at http://recreation.saanich.ca/reconline/Start/


Grading Results

Congratulations to students who Graded in May!

Gordon Head Recreation Centre Aikido Classes

Promoted to 12 Kyu
Gabriel Vido
Erinn Kennedy
Lee Joon Ho
James McDonough
Matthew McDonough
Promoted to 11 Kyu
Kyle McFarlane
Frederick Clark
Julia Young
Piers Young
Promoted to 10 Kyu
Alex Kung
Caleb Chicanot
Sam Terani
Johtaro Yoshida
Louise Lauzon
Promoted to 9 Kyu
Noah Rondeau
Alpha Willebordse
Promoted to 8 Kyu
Nicolas Sunderland-Baker


Grading Tests

This year, there will be three Grading Tests;
in November, February, and May.

Please Note:

Students are required to practice at least:
20hours for 12kyu to 9kyu,
30hours for 8kyu to 6kyu,
for 5kyu,
for 4kyu and 3kyu,
for 2kyu
for 1kyu.

Practice hours, ideally, should be continuous uninterrupted practice. Hours are not cumulative over weeks or months of inactivity. This is necessary, as with all skills, to enable the student to refine and develop fluency in his/her knowledge, balance and technique in the art. If a student is absent for six months or more, the student will revert back to the level of white belt until the student demonstrates the ability to perform at his/her previous level.

Only students who are ready and eligible for grading will be invited to apply to be graded.

No video recording or photography will be allowed during Grading Tests.

Click here for the syllabus: Grading Structure.


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Rafael Oei Sensei . Voice: (250) 818-0284 . Email: rafoei@shaw.ca

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