Shoheijuku Newsletter February 2024

Ume ichirin, Ichirin hodono, Atatakasa


(A single plum blossom brings us just one more step to the warmth.) 

The new year started with a terrible disaster. Many people lost their lives due to the Noto Peninsula Earthquake. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the deceased and sincere sympathies for all those who have been suffered in the disaster. 

Hatsu Geiko

On Tuesday, January 2nd, we had the annual Hatsu Geiko (New Year’s practice). We had approximately 100 participants including those who were back in Fukuoka for holidays, and enjoyed working up a good sweat together. 

We called it a day without having the New Year’s party after the practice this time.

Branch Liaison Meeting

On Saturday, January 13th, the branch liaison meeting was held at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. After the meeting, the New Year’s reception was held at Keio Plaza Hotel. I left in the middle of the reception to attend another party hosted by Yokohama Shomonkai. Eighteen people attended the party including those whom I had not seen for a long time.   

Aikikai Kagami Biraki

Aikikai Hombu Kagami Biraki was held on Sunday, January 14th, and I headed back to Fukuoka after the ceremony. 

Shoheijuku Kagami Biraki

On Sunday, January 21st, we held the Shoheijuku Kagami Biraki ceremony at Tenjin Dojo. We had a practice from 10 AM to 11 AM (130 people attended), followed by the ceremony at 11 AM (Mr. Takayoshi Kanado, MC). We gave a silent prayer for the victims of the Noto Peninsula Earthquake and bowed to Shomen. Then we had a silence for the founder and the second Doshu, greetings and dedicatory embu by Dojocho, and the certificate award ceremony. After the ceremony, we held the instructors’ meeting.

Promoted by Recommendation in 2024

7th Dan
Katsunori Towatari, Shinichi Koide,
Hiroaki Miura

6th Dan
Akira Tokitsu

5th Dan
Nobutoshi Baba, Yushi Goda
Masataka Ueno, Tokio Maruo
Kazuo Tamamitsu, Hiroshi Tanigawa
Jekov Stoyan

Congratulations on your promotion!

Shoheijuku Embukai

May 3rd at Fukuoka Budokan

Beginners’ Seminar

  • February 11th at Tenjin Dojo
  • 10:30 ~ 12:00
  • Beginners and white belt holders
  • Fee: 2200 yen
  • Instructed by Morito Suganuma

Blackbelts’ Seminar

  • February 23rd at Tenjin Dojo
  • Black belt holders
  • Fee: 2200 yen
  • Instructed by Hideki Takemura

Events in February

4 – Zazenkai & Yoga (Suganuma)
10 – Kagoshima Shomonkai (Katsuhiko)
11 – Beginners’ seminar
15 – Kurume Dojo (Takemura)
15 – Koga Dojo (Yamada)
17 – Seinan University (Suganuma)
17 – Kyushu University (Katushiko)
18 – Hitoyoshi Seishokan (Suganuma)
18 – Okagaki Dojo (Katsuhiko)
19 – Kasuya Shoheijuku (Takemura)
21 – Umi Shounjuku (Takemura)
22 – Omuta Dojo (Suganuma)
23 – Blackbelts’ seminar (Takemura)
24 – Harima Shoheijuku (Suganuma)
27 – Fukuma Ladies (Fujioka)
29 – Isahaya Dojo (Fujioka)

— Morito Suganuma