Shoheijuku Newsletter January 2024

Happy New Year!

I am sure all the dojo members rang in the New Year with full of energy and hope. I hope all of you polish up your spirit, mind and body through practicing Aikido and live a fulfilling life each day this year.

This year, I wrote a calligraphy “Shinshin Setsuyo-ho (Ways to maintain healthy body and mind)” advocated by Masahiro Yasuoka Sensei and posted it at our six dojos in the city.

  1. Keep Kishin (a sense of happiness) in mind all the time.
  2. Keep Kansha (a sense of appreciation) in mind all the time.
  3. Try Intoku (secret acts of charity) all the time.
  1. Kishin means that even if something bad happens, you should take it as an opportunity to polish yourself up and always keep a sense of happiness.
  2. You should always fill your mind with a sense of Kansha (appreciation).
  3. We should try Intoku, namely doing good deeds in secret.   

The 35th Shoheijuku Embukai

  • May 3rd (national holiday)
  • In Fukuoka Budokan

Shoheijuku Kagamibiraki 2024

  • Sunday, January 21st
  • Tenjin Dojo
  • Practice 10:00 ~ 11:00

(Anyone can attend the practice and ceremony.)

  • Ceremony 11:30 ~ 12:00
  • Instructors’ meeting
  • Post-ceremony party for instructors

(Free to attend)

Please note that we will have no zenzaikai (red bean soup party) for general participants this time.

Events in January

2 – Hatsu Geiko

  • Tenjin Dojo
  • 10:30 – 11:30
  • Free to participate
  • No Omiki (sacred sake) will be served

5 – First day of regular classes
7 – Zazenkai & Yoga
13 – Aikikai Branch Liaison Meeting
14 – Aikikai Kagami Biraki
15 – Kasuya Shoheijuku (Takemura)
17 – Saga Shoheijuku (Takemura)
18 – Kurume Dojo (Takemura)
18 – Koga Dojo (Yamada)
21 – Shoheijuku Kagami Biraki
23 – Fukuma Ladies (Fujioka)
28 – Chikushino Dojo

Kanchu geiko

Until February 2nd, we will have the annual kanchu geiko (winter practice period). Stay healthy and participate!

— Morito Suganuma