Here’s our incredible lineup of instructors at Aiki Summer Retreat 2015: Michael Friedl Sensei, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, Danielle Smith Sensei, and Craig Fife Sensei. Wow.
They led an absolutely fantastic Retreat.
Here’s a goofy group photo from Aiki Summer Retreat. You’ll find the serious photo here.
As I said in the last post, this is a great group of people. Not only are they terrific martial artists, they are so much fun.
Here’s the serious group photo that we took at Aiki Summer Retreat. I think we took this after the Wednesday afternoon class.
What a terrific, fun bunch of folks!
Here’s some information about Special Guest instructor Robert Nadeau Shihan:
Robert Nadeau Shihan is a key figure in the growth and development of aikido in America. He is a direct student of aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba. During his years in Japan, Nadeau Shihan received personal instruction from the founder in the spiritual, philosophical and energy aspects of aikido.
Nadeau Shihan began his martial arts training in the 1950’s, studying Judo, Karate and defensive tactics as a police officer in Redwood City, California and in the US Marine Corps.
Nadeau Shihan is a frequent guest instructor at seminars in the U.S. and abroad.
Robert Nadeau Shihan is teaching Thursday, for 2 classes, only.
Don’t miss Aiki Summer Retreat, June 21 – 27 featuring Senseis Michael Friedl, Danielle Smith, Kimberly Richardson, Craig Fife with Special Guest Robert Nadeau Shihan.
Here’s some information about featured instructor Danielle Smith Sensei:
Smith Sensei is chief instructor of Aikido of Monterey, where she is dedicated to continuing to build a dojo community that is committed to and inspired by studying the “Art of Peace.”
Danielle Sensei began her training in 1973, when the Aikido of Monterey dojo was first established. She has trained in the United States and Japan.
Danielle Sensei’s teacher is Frank Doran Shihan. Since 1983, she has been a full-time Aikido instructor and Chief Instructor of the adult and youth programs at Aikido of Monterey. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and brings the “power of alignment” to her teaching of Aikido. Smith Sensei has also studied Tai Chi Chuan, is a Sandan (3rd dan) in Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, a Yondan (4th dan) in Seibukan Jujutsu and a Shodan (1st dan) in Iaido. She is one of five martial artists who developed the widely acclaimed and internationally taught women’s self-defense system known as “Model Mugging.” She has taught Aikido and self-defense nationally and internationally.
Danielle Smith Sensei served as president of the California Aikido Association from 2002 through 2010. She continues as a member of the Examination Committee of the California Aikido Association.