2021 New Year's Testing & Promotions


On 1/9/2021 Water Oak Aikikai held it's 2021 O-Shogatsu (New Year's Celebration).

This was the first O-Shogatsu where we used Zoom and it was fantastic to have so many friends and family join us virtually. A very special thank you to Donovan, Sal, David, Gaile and Jason for joining us.

We started the morning with hellos and virtual hugs as everyone greeted each other.

We opened class with a little stretching and then we all did 1000 Sword Cuts together.
When we started the dojo was about 29 degrees, yes it was colder inside than outside, but when we finished everyone was very comfortable.
The energy and positive spirit that was being generated was truly incredible.

After the cutting we held our New Year's Testing. All 4 candidates did a fantastic job and it is of worth noting that they each did the 1000 cuts then took their tests and that they were all uke's for each other's tests. Wow!
We are very proud of the hard work that Ed, Cyril, Kerry and Niya did to prepare for their tests as well as helping each other prepare. Congratulations to all of you!

        Aikidoka                     Rank        
Edward EstradaSandan
Cyril GorelovShodan
Kerry Thompson4th Kyu
Niya Stouffer5th Kyu


2021 Hombu Dojo Kagamibaraki

On 1/10/2021 Aikido Hombu Dojo live cast their 2021 Kagamibiraki Ceremony to announce the 2021 New Year's Promotions.

We are very proud to share that William McLuskie was promoted to Rokudan (6th Degree Blackbelt) effective 1/1/2021.

The complete list of promotions can be viewed here: Hombu Dojo 2021 Kagamibiraki Grading

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Seminar Cancelled - Due to the NC statewide Stay-at-Home order, we have cancelled the May 2020 seminar. When things get back to the "new normal" we will be working with Waite Sensei to reschedule.

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2020 New Year's Testing

We had a great turn out for our 2020 O-Shogatsu and Testing.
Look for pictures as soon as we can collect and share them.
Everyone did a great job during testing, so please congratulate our recent promotions:

        Aikidoka                         Rank            
John Gilbert2nd Kyu
Jorah Lavin2nd Kyu
Chris Moore2nd Kyu
Kerry Thompson5th Kyu
Jan Vermuleun5th Kyu
Laura Gorelov6th Kyu
Niya Stouffer6th Kyu
Leo StoufferChildren's 10th Kyu

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2018 Fall Seminar & Testing

We had a great turn out for our 2018 Fall Seminar and Testing.
Look for pictures as soon as we can collect and share them.
The testing was grueling but everyone did a great job, so please congratulate our recent promotions:

        Aikidoka                         Rank            
Sarah DuttonShodan
Cyril Gorelov1st Kyu
Christopher Moore3rd Kyu
Kerry Thompson6th Kyu
Leah Thompson6th Kyu

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2017 Fall Seminar & Testing

We had a fantastic turn out for our 2017 Fall Seminar and Testing.
Look for pictures as soon as we can collect and share them.
The testing was grueling but everyone did a great job, so please congratulate our recent promotions:

        Aikidoka                         Rank            
Edward Estrada2nd Dan
Cesar BaldaShodan
Erik DuttonShodan
Caitlyn McLuskieShodan
Lars Ericson1st Kyu
Eric Kuehn1st Kyu
John Gilbert3rd Kyu
Milford Lavin3rd Kyu
Denis Ryzhikov3rd Kyu
Marilyn Kuehn4th Kyu
Luis Nieto6th Kyu
Sarah DuttonChildren's 1st Kyu
Asher EstradaChildren's 7th Kyu
Evan KuehnChildren's 8th Kyu
Kamran EricsonChildren's 10th Kyu
Alyssa RyzhikovChildren's 10th Kyu


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Aikido Classes at Spark's Martial Arts

We are happy to announce that Water Oak Aikikai has joined with Sparks Martial Arts to offer Traditional Aikido classes as part of their curriculum. Please visit the Aikido Program page for more information.






Thirty Four

Foster and polish
The warrior spirit
While serving in the world
Illuminate the path
According to your inner light.

(Click O-Sensei's picture for another doka)