Shoheijuku Newsletter March 2024


On Sunday, February 4th, we had Yoga and Zazenkai at Hombu Dojo.

As I was not feeling well at that time, Ms. Ryoko Fujii lead the Yoga session on my behalf. 

Beginners’ Seminar

On February 11th (national holiday), a beginner’s seminar was held at Tenjin Dojo. Twelve white-belt holders participated including one from Yamaguchi.

Thank you again for your participation!

Hitoyoshi Seishokan

On Sunday, February 18th, the seminar and examination for Hitoyoshi Seishokan (Mr. Junji Murata, Dojo Rep) were held at Hitoyoshi Sports Palace. As many people from Kumamoto Prefecture as well as Omuta joined us, it was a lively seminar.

After the seminar, we visited a national treasure, Aoi Aso Shrine. 

CalligraphyI received a calligraphy from Mr. Murata, which was written by Harada Kampo Soshi, the founder of Nihon Shuji Foundation.

It reads “All things brightly shine and live”, I guess. It looks very soft like flowing but also looks strong. I can feel the vital energy given from the Great Nature.

I would like to make an opportunity for everyone to appreciate the calligraphy in the future.       

Harima Shoheijuku

On Saturday, February 24th, the seminar and examination for Harima Shoheijuku (Mr. Toshihiro Horiuchi, Dojo Rep) were held at the Takasago City Sports Centre Martial Arts Hall. It was a lively seminar with many people from the Kansai area as well as Okayama and Fukuoka.

After the event, a naorai (after-event party) was held for the first time in a long time, and we all enjoyed good beer and conversations.

Events in March

3 – Kochi Aikido Group
7 – Chikushino Dojo (Katsuhiko)
9 – Tosu Shoheijuku (Suganuma)
10 – Examination, Instructors’ meeting,
Prefecture Association General Meeting
11 – Examination (morning at Takasago)
17 – Kokura Kita Dojo (Katsuhiko)
17 – Sasebo 70th Anniversary
20 – Chikugo Area (Katsuhiko)
21 – Koga Dojo (Yamada)
22 – Onojo (Suganuma)
30 – Uji Shoheijuku (Suganuma)
31 – Beppu Dojo (Nakamura)

It is a personal matter, but I have started having some bad pains in the knees, lower back, and hip joint around the beginning of February. After examinations at a hospital, I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. I have been taking a prescription drug since then. I am feeling less pain though little by little.

There are still some movements I cannot do during the preparatory exercise. I would like to gradually get used to teaching again. I am sorry for worrying you.

— Morito Suganuma