All photos by Guy Michelier, unless otherwise indicated.
We moved into our current dojo space in the fall of 2016 and it took us several months to install new mats and do other space improvements to get the place ready. February became March, and then Tai Sai was right around the corner. Why not, we thought, celebrate our new space with a Grand Opening for Tai Sai?
Bill Witt Shihan accepted our invitation to lead a special class that day, and we were also joined by Hans Goto Sensei and Hoa Newens Sensei, as well as many other members of our TAA family.
The KIAI is the Aikido Institute's official blog, consisting of articles, announcements and other postings from dojo members.
The KIAI was originally a paper newsletter, founded by Howard Hoa Newens Sensei who was dojo-cho of our dojo for a number of years in the late 80s and in the 90s. It started in it's early format in 1995. (Currently, some of the early issues are missing from our collection!). It was remixed into a blog starting in April 2017..
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