We are very happy to announce that Jacqueline von Arb Sensei will be teaching a special live-streamed Zoom seminar this Saturday!

Click here to join the class at 12 pm CDT
(The meeting will be open by 11:50 am, and please note earlier start time.)
Meeting ID: 
845 0226 2923

Password: Lillsved (with a capital L)
Jacqueline von Arb Sensei, Fukushidoin, is the Chief Instructor and manager of JuShinKan Aikido in Stavanger on the Southwest coast of Norway, home of the Fjords’n’Aikido events. She serves as board member of the Norwegian Aikido Federation as well as a member of the IAF Working Group on Disability, having worked with the integration of sight- and movement-impaired students into regular aikido classes. She has travelled extensively world-wide and has not missed a chance to visit all the local dojos! She is active in the organization of international events as well as in the promotion of Aikido in person and online, all of which earned her the nickname “Aikimama”.

Jacqueline can perhaps be called a late bloomer, having started Aikido at the age of 43, but was rapidly taken by the so-called Yamaguchi dialect of Aikido by the way of Endo Shihan, Ariga Kaname, Jan Nevelius, Jorma Lyly and Roberto Martucci Senseis, as well as an additional influence from the Christian Tissier Shihan line by way of Marc Bachraty Sensei.

From Jacqueline Sensei: 

One thinks of tenkan mostly as a body movement, the one half of irimi tenkan. However, tenkan actually means transformation of a situation into something different, a new perspective. Couldn’t this 2020-situation be seen as a manifestation of what we’ve been practicing for all of our Aikido career – so what’s our tenkan going to be in the situation when we are cut off from regular partner practice?

For me, perhaps I’m lucky, as I already had a predilection for exploring and studying a contact based uke-role, both with or without a tori/nage – the latter having been an after class hobby which now is really coming into its own.  Not having a tori can be transformed into being one’s own tori, thus creating that symbiotic relationship, where one indeed is one with the partner, where we actually can study all the “why’s” that Endo Sensei urges us to do, at a pace we can control.  I now have this opportunity to go in even more depth to study uke’s body movement and would like to share this study with all of you, and hopefully give some ideas on how to practice some fundamental uke-skills that will help us create that good contact and energy for our tori once we can practice with a partner again.

What to bring:

Have some sort of mat (yoga, sleeping pad, thin mattress, or even knee pads), a jo or a stick, a somewhat heavy cereal bowl, or a soda bottle ¾ filled with water.

Be warned, this will be a physical class, you will be moving and sweating as in a regular class.


Beginners warmly welcome.

The proceeds from the seminar will go to support both Vanadis Aikido Dojo and NOLA Aikido as we continue to bring this practice into the world.

Suggested donation $20. If that’s too much, pay whatever feels comfortable. If you’re feeling a financial squeeze just come to class.

To donate please send to:

Venmo: @xernaut

We look forward to practicing with you on Saturday!

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

Thank you!
Brian Levy
Chief Instructor
New Orleans, LA, USA