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June 21, 2015

Teaching at EKF Special Seminar (Southern Carolina)

From the 18th of June – 21st of June, I travelled to South Carolina, USA and taught at a Special Seminar hosted by EKF federation for 4 days. EKF which stands for Eastern Ki Federation is a branch of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido located in the East Coast of the United States.

We have taught at many USA National Seminars, which is held once a year for many years, but I am usually not able to teach and help each member directly as there are usually many members who come and participate at the Seminars. Which is why from this year, we decided to hold a smaller sized regional Seminar for a branch/ state instead. This year, 90 people took part in the EKF special seminar.

The main theme which was practiced by members during the Seminar was focusing on the basics of having “natural posture with Mind and Body Unified”, which was followed through with “Ken (wooden sword) with Hanmi focus” as well as “Ken (wooden sword) and arts”. On the last day, a Ki Exam was held and all 20 members who took the exam passed.

By practicing together during the 4 days seminar and spending time together at gatherings with members in the evenings, we were able to enjoy getting to know members and Instructors even more closely. We would like to thank our kind hosts, Chief Instructor of Eastern Ki Federation David Shaner Sensei and all members of EKF that helped organized the seminar and gatherings, we deeply appreciate all your efforts.

We hope and look forward to have more seminars like this with other branch Dojos and Federations in other states and countries, as well as more camps in Japan at Tochigi HQ Dojo. I also look forward to teaching and helping each member directly as much as I can.

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