We are overjoyed to announce Isshinkai Aikido North America will be joining with NOLA Aikido to present a special live-streamed Zoom seminar class taught by Sensei(s) Greg Angus, Dan Nishina, and Charles Colten on Saturday, July 18th at 12 pm CDT (19:00 CET!)

Register to receive the Zoom link for the seminar class.

The proceeds from the seminar will go to support Sensei(s) Angus, Nishina, and Colten, as well as NOLA Aikido as we continue to bring this practice into the world.

Instructor Bios

Greg Angus Sensei, 6th Dan Aikikai, is the chief instructor at Naka Ima Aikikai in Toronto, Canada.  Greg Sensei has practiced martial arts for over 45 years and is also a 4th Dan in karate. He practiced Aikido for 10 years in Japan, primarily under the direction of Endo Shihan. Greg Sensei hosts an annual Aikido seminar conducted by his teacher in Toronto, with participants attending from all over North America. Off the mat, Greg Sensei works as an artist whose paintings have been exhibited both locally and internationally. His seminars emphasize connection, relaxation, heaviness, and sharpness.

Dan Nishina Sensei, 5th Dan Aikikai, relocated to Portland in October 2019 after many years in Japan, practicing at Aikikai Hombu Dojo and leading his own group, Aikido Yoshikaze. Starting his Aikido journey at age 15 in the Shingu lineage in the US, Nishina Sensei has been influenced by, among others, Saotome, Ikeda, and Miyamoto shihans. Nishina Sensei first encountered Endo Seishiro Shihan in 1996, and studies under him primarily. Nishina Sensei strives for Aikido that is broad, light, and sharp.

Charles Colten Sensei, 5th Dan Aikikai, is the Director and Chief Instructor of ‘Aikido in the Schools’ and Dojo Cho of Hudson River Aikido. He is a direct student of Endo Shihan, and his other primary mentors are Jan Nevelius Shihan and Jorma Lyly Sensei. He is also extremely grateful to, and strongly influenced by, Sensei(s) Mary Heiny, Seigo Okamoto, John Stone, and Robin Cooper.  Charles sees the study and sharing of Aikido as “his window, his mirror, his medicine…and an endless wellspring of knowledge, wisdom, and joy.”

Class Description

Charles Sensei

After a brief warm up, I will focus on continuously connecting breath and alignment as a method for examining one way (as Endo Sensei puts it) to “check yourself and confirm for yourself”

Dan Sensei

I will share a few points around kokyuho and the two centers.

I’d also like to share some reflections on ‘kamae’ (being on guard).

I wanted to also share with everyone this clip of Tohei sensei as a reference:

Greg Sensei

For my class I am going to be exploring centering and accessing and utilizing the center in movement.

What to Bring to Class

Please wear your keiko gi if possible, but comfortable clothing will do.

We would advise stretching before all of our sessions, just in case.

Beginners are warmly welcome.

We look forward to practicing with you on July 18th!

Please share this email with any and all you think might like to attend.

Thank you!

Brian Levy

Chief Instructor
New Orleans, LA, USA