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Events at Two Rivers Aikikai

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Kyu Tests

Students in Aikido test with a partner to demonstrate their skills as uke and nage. There are six levels of kyu or white belt ranks. Students who have practiced the required number of classes and have shown a dedicated effort to learn Aikido techniques and falls may test with Koyanis Sensei's or Marshall Sensei's permission. Testing is based on the requirements of the USAF. You may download our list of test requirements as a Get Acrobat Reader from Adobe free file (164k). As a Shidoin or Certified Instructor in the USAF, Koyanis Sensei and Marshall Sensei can test students through Sandan, or 3rd degree black belt. In general, though, Dan tests for our students will take place at Seminars with Yamada Shihan or Berthiaume Shihan. Kyu tests at Two Rivers Aikikai take place on the third or fourth Saturday in January, April, July and October. Visitors are welcome to come in and watch the tests.

Beginner Classes in Aikido for Adults and Teens

Our next 4 week Beginner Session in Aikido - starts Thursday March 2, 2017 and runs through Thursday March 30th.

Our Beginner Session is series of 12 classes in a four week period. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 10:30am. Each class lasts 30 minutes and precedes a 60 minute Basics class.

Beginner Sessions are held every other month starting in January. Upcoming sessions will start March 2, 2017, May 2, 2017 and July 6, 2017. If you would like to join one of our beginner sessions, please visit the dojo to watch a class and register at least one week before the session starts. The cost for teens and adults is $125 which includes the registration fee, one month's dues and a gi (practice uniform).

A class description of our beginner session in Aikido is located on our class schedule page. You will also find our Rules of Practice and the Objectives of our Beginner Program. Find out what you should expect from us and what we'll expect from you. Please visit us during class times to watch class and ask questions about our beginner programs in Aikido and Iaido. You may also email us for details.

What are Seminars?

Seminars are intensive training workshops that are one, two or three days long and usually take place over a weekend. Two Rivers Aikikai hosts Aikido Seminars twice a year in the Spring and Fall. We will choose instructors who have had an impact on our training over the years, from near and far. We encourage our students to participate in seminars at Two Rivers Aikikai and at other dojos where they can practice a variety of styles and strengthen their foundations. Seminars offer all of us a way to keep up to date with the changes taking place in Aikido and Iaido as they evolve.

Upcoming Seminars

Portland Friendship Seminar

at Aikido Northwest

Saturday March 18, 2017

Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminar

with Claude Berthiaume Shihan

May 5 - 7, 2017

Fall Aikido Seminar

with Peter Bernath Shihan

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017


Past Seminars

2016 Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminar

videos from the seminar are posted on the dojo Facebook page.

2012 Weapons and Iaido Seminars

David GoldbergerMichael, David and Juliet
Movie clips from our 2012 Weapons and iaido Seminar.
These are movie clips of the jo vs jo requirements for our shodan test in Aikido and the bokken vs bokken requirements for our nidan test in Aikido.
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    Jo vs Jo for shodan
  • jo vs jo #1 with Robert Fraley from Two Rivers Aikikai. (2.0 MB)
  • jo vs jo #2 with Mathieu Pichette from San Francisco Aikikai. (5.4 MB)
  • jo vs jo #3 with Michael Boeder from Two Rivers Aikikai. (2.6 MB)
  • jo vs jo #4 with Liliand Bourgouin from Aikido de la Montagne. (2.0 MB)
  • jo vs jo #5 with Robert Fraley. (6.3 MB)
  • jo vs jo #6 with Michael Boeder. (3.6 MB)
  • jo vs jo #7 with Mathieu Pichette. (3.1 MB)

2011 Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminars

Congratulations to Alex Nelson who passed his nidan test in Aikido
and to Chris Hatlestad who passed his shodan test in Aikido
at our 2011 Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminar!

Berthiaume SenseiKathy Joynt and Berthiaume Sensei

2009 Fall Aikido and Iaido Seminar with Vu Ha, shidoin.

Vu Ha SenseiVu Ha Sensei

May 2009 Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminar

May 2008 Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminar

Our Spring Seminar was lots of fun! We practiced Chuden in Iaido and a vast array of techniques in Aikido.

Fall Aikido Seminar - November 2007 featuring
Suzane Van Amburgh, 5th dan Shidoin
Malory Graham, 5th dan Shidoin
Lynn Marshall, 5th dan Shidoin

Malory, Suzane and Lynn
Malory, Suzane and Lynn
Suzane demonstrating nikyo
Suzane demonstrating nikyo

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Lynn demonstrates iriminage with Teri
Lynn demonstrates iriminage with Teri
Malory throws Paul on Sunday
Malory throws Paul on Sunday

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2007 Spring Seminar

Thank you for joining us for our 2007 Spring Aikido and Iaido Seminar,
Scroll down or click here to see pictures and short movie clips from our 2006 Aikido and Iaido Seminar.

Fall Seminar with Robert Zimmermann, Shihan, 7th Dan
November 2006

Our 2006 Fall Aikido and Iaido Seminar with Zimmermann Sensei was lots of fun. Zimmermann Sensei taught us Aikido basics, fundamentals of randori and kaeshiwaza from iriminage. We practiced bokken suburi against two opponents and jo tori with some interesting pins. In Iaido classes, we practiced Eishin Ryu Iaido. For many students, it was their first practice in Iaido and very exciting. We were also very fortunate to have New England Aikikai instructor Shakoda Neil, Fukushidoin teach class on Sunday. Check out the images and videoclips below.

Zimmermann Sensei demonstrates nukitsuke
Zimmermann Sensei demonstrates nukitsuke
Zimmermann Sensei demonstrates pin with jo
Zimmermann Sensei demonstrates first pin with jo

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2006 Spring Seminar

The energy was flowing. New England Aikikai instructors Vu Ha Shidoin and Shakoda Neil Fukushidoin also taught classes. Check out the images and videoclips below.
Berthiaume Sensei sweeping Vu with ukashi goshi
Berthiaume Sensei sweeping Vu Ha with ukashi goshi
Lynn Marshall and Josh Layton - kokyu ho
Suwari Waza Kokyu Ho

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Grand Opening Seminar with Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei
and David Halprin Sensei August 12-14, 2005.

What a weekend of invigorating practice with Yamada Sensei and David Halprin Sensei
to celebrate the opening of our new space on Belmont Street!

The Group Picture

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The First Annual Portland Friendship Seminar
donates 398 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank!

Close to 80 members of Aikido dojos in the Portland area practiced together at Two Rivers Aikikai on Saturday afternoon, March 18, 2006 in a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. Seven different instructors taught 30 minute segments over the course of the afternoon. Participants brought 398 pounds of food and $301 in cash donations for OFB. The wonderful atmosphere and enthusiastic energy on the mat all afternoon attests to the spirit of Aikido in Portland dojos. The members of Two Rivers Aikikai appreciate the contributions everyone brought to our dojo. We look forward to seeing you on the mat again soon!

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