Upcoming Events

Glenn Leichman Sensei at NOLA Aikido January 2015 Flyer-page-001

All are welcome to a

Kagami Biraki Seminar with

Glenn Leichman Sensei

4th Dan, Aikikai
Dojo Cho/Chief Instructor
Aikido Wilapa Bay and Aikido Seattle

NOLA Aikido

New Orleans, Louisiana
January 9-11, 2015


We are very excited to welcome Glenn Leichman Sensei back to NOLA Aikido in early January!

Leichman Sensei, 4th Dan, Aikikai. Leichman Sensei is the Chief Instructor of Aikido Wilapa Bay and Aikido Seattle. He started Aikido after his first visit to Japan in 1979 and has been a student of Endo Sensei since 1997. His emphasis is on achieving a calm state of mind in order to perform unhurried technique. The seminar will focus on natural movement and rhythm in Aikido.

This will also be a “kagami biraki” seminar for renewing and rededicating our practice and spirits in the New Year and a great opportunity for setting a good tone for our practice in 2015!

Pre-registration is now open:  just click here to pre-register.

More details of the seminar are available on the flyer which you can download here.

And please also see our Facebook event page here for more information.

In addition, if you would like recommendations for accommodations or would like to stay in our dojo or with one of our students please contact us, and we would be happy to arrange this.

Aikidoka of all styles are most welcome!

Marilyn Tai Chi

Tai Chi and  Qi Gong Basics

A  6 month course @ NOLA Aikido

Fall-Winter 2014/2015

Tuesday evenings beginning  / October  14th  / 7:30 p.m.

Long time practitioner and teacher Marilyn Yank offers this in depth course as an experiential mind/body opportunity to learn the Tai Chi Yang  Style Short form. Students will also learn simple daily exercises for improving and enhancing energy, increasing flexibility, and decreasing stress.

Additional skill development

  • To focus and calm the mind
  • Improve posture
  • Strengthen internal organs, muscles, and joints
  • Improve mental and physical balance
  • Increase core strength

Appropriate and beneficial for all ages and physical condition.

Course forming now. Space is limited.

Cost: $300  (payment plan options) 

No cost to current Aikido dojo members.

And if you sign up for the tai chi course as a non-Aikido member, you can practice with us for free for six months as well!

Marilyn has been a student of Tai Chi for almost 30 years and a teacher for the last 15.  She teaches at sites throughout the city. Her Yang style form  is from the lineage of Da Liu – a tai chi master who taught in New York City  until  the  age of age of 97. 

To Register contact Marilyn




Lars Stjernstedt Kast



5th Dan Aikikai

Kenshinkai Aikido

(Gotland, Sweden)


NOLA Aikido

New Orleans,

Louisiana, USA

November 14-16, 2014

(First Class Begins: Friday, 6:30 p.m.;

Last Class Ends: Sunday,1:00 p.m.)

More information,  Seminar Flyer, Pre-Registration Page coming in early October.

We are very excited to once again welcome Lars Sensei back to one of his favorite cities and groups of Aikidoists for another fun and enriching weekend of relaxed, sharp, precise and highly connected Aikido with a one of Endo Sensei’s favorite ukes, a very gentle and powerful practitioner of our shared art.

If you are traveling from out of town we can help with accommodations.  Space is available to stay in our dojo, or we can recommend b and b’s, hotels, and hostels near the dojo.  Feel free to contact us here if you would like help with any of these options or have other questions about the seminar by clicking here.

The Facebook event page for the seminar is already open here and will be continually updated as the seminar approaches.

 Aikidoists of all styles and affiliations are most welcome!

And please help spread the word by forwarding this email to anyone you think might like to join us!

Ten Phases of Qi Cultivation

An Introduction to Qi Gong

Sunday, July 20th   2 – 5 p.m.

at NOLA Aikido

with Marilyn Yank   

The ancient practice of Qi Gong  (literally translated as “energy work”) combines breath, simple movements, and mental focus to promote and sustain deep healing in body, mind, and spirit. The result is increased vitality and well being. 

This 3 hour workshop will be both experiential and theoretical. 

Participants will learn a series of simple and replicable movements that will introduce the potential and power of Qi cultivation and mastery.

Marilyn Yank has been a student of Qi Gong, Tai Chi, meditation, and movement arts for most of her life and a teacher for the last 15 years.

She teaches Qi Gong  as a mind/body practice for increasing awareness, reducing stress, building internal strength, and clearing energy channels in the body to prevent disease, and promote overall health. 

Cost $35
($10 off for current NOLA Aikido Students/Parents)

To Register contact Marilyn




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New Orleans, LA 70119