Aikido Summer Seminar, 2021
May 29 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm PDT
Aikido Summer Seminar
Global Virtual Seminar
Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, 7th dan
Hideo Numata Sensei, 7th dan
Lia Suzuki Sensei, 6th dan
Live training and Q&A session
Start: 10:00 PST | 13:00 EST | 18:00 BST | 19:00 CEST
Meet the Instructors
Kimberly Richardson, 6th dan
Chief Instructor: Two Cranes Aikido | Executive Director: TCI
Kimberly began her Aikido training at Naropa Institute in 1978 and shortly after moved to Seattle to train with Mary Heiny Sensei. Determined athleticism, psychotherapy practices and energy awareness skills are key elements of her spirited teaching.
Kimberly has studied throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, most notably with Anno Shihan, Saotome and Ikeda Shihan, and Dobson and Read Senseis. She acted as chief instructor for The Apple Computer Aikido School in Cupertino, CA in 1989 and at Seattle School of Aikido from 1991 to 1995. In the fall of 1995, Kimberly founded Two Cranes Aikido, where she teaches the philosophy and practice of Aikido to people of all ages. As an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University for 10 years, she taught “Aikido as Martial Art and Spiritual Practice.” Kimberly Sensei was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan by Mary Heiny Sensei in 2007.
Richardson Sensei’s teaching style supports the individual growth of each student. In addition to teaching Aikido, she practices tai ji and ballroom dancing, and includes elements of these art forms in her curriculum at the dojo. Kimberly is a consultant and trainer, offering workshops in conflict resolution, effective management styles and self-defense to corporations and to educational groups. In 2008, Kimberly organized the nonprofit foundation Two Cranes Institute. Her goal is to advance the common good by integrating O Sensei’s practices of compassion and applied nonviolence into the larger Seattle community of children, teens and adults.
Kimberly Sensei offers ways to use our practice to increase our compassion and cultivate awareness, both on and off the mat.
Thomas Christaller, 6th dan
Chief Instructor: Center for Moving and the Art of Life
Thomas Christaller Sensei started Aikido in 1972. He was a student of Katsuaki Asai Shihan and the late Nobuyuki Watanabe Shihan.
In 1986 Christaller Sensei co-founded the Aikido Aikikai Club in Bonn while holding a professorship for Artificial Intelligence.
After early retirement in 2007, he founded the Center for Movement & Art of Living (Bewegung & Lebenskunst) located in Bonn.
Influenced by his interdisciplinary research with brain scientists he is easily able to explain Aikido movements and principles also by scientific insights.
He is invited to give seminars internationally in and outside the Aikido world.
Christaller Sensei is curious with how less force you can redirect an attack and dissolve it.
Thomas Sensei enjoys exploring the details and subtleties which make a movement effortless and simple.
Lia Suzuki, 6th dan
Chief Instructor: AKI Los Angeles | National Director: AKI USA
Los Angeles, USA
Lia Suzuki Sensei began training Aikido in 1982. Through her first teacher, William Gleason Sensei, 7th dan, she was introduced to the distinctive Aikido of the late Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan, 9th dan and one of his most accomplished students, Takeda Yoshinobu Shihan, 8th dan.
In 1987 she moved to Japan to train with Takeda Shihan, known for his highly dynamic, uniquely flowing and physically liberating Aikido practice. Lia Sensei lived in Japan and trained almost daily from 1987 to 1996 receiving her 1st through 4th dan gradings at Takeda Shihan’s dojo during that time.
Lia Sensei returned to start dojos in the USA in 1996. Aikido Kenkyukai International (“AKI”) was formed to connect all the dojos around the world that are under Takeda Shihan’s umbrella.
Lia Sensei’s Aikido clearly reflects years of dedicated training with Takeda Shihan and his senior students. It defies typical categorizations of “hard” versus “soft.” She possesses an uncanny ability to draw an attacker into her center and effortlessly redirect, either softly or with huge force.
Lia Sensei directs her energies between AKI USA headquarters in Los Angeles and her other AKI USA dojos. She conducts seminars in Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and other countries.
Lia Sensei continues to travel regularly to Japan to train with her teacher, Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan and his senior students.
During her nearly 10-year stay in Japan, she also studied the Japanese language and culture, while continuing her practice of Aikido. She presently holds the rank of 6th dan.
She brings a fresh and down-to-earth teaching style to our Virtual Dojo community.
Whether broadcasting from her living room, her dojo, or a beautiful park in Los Angeles, Suzuki Sensei often leaves her zoom on “Gallery View” so she can connect with every participant, giving individualized guidance and tips, appropriate to each student.
Her movements reflect her years of dedicated training, focusing on basics such as alignment, posture, zanshin, as well as advanced technical points such as correct angles and transitions.
Her classes are original, inviting, and hugely informative for beginners and experts alike.
Lia Sensei connects with participants, offering individualized guidance. Her zoom classes focus on alignment, posture, zanshin, and breath.
- 10:00 – 10:05: Intro/Welcome
- 10:05 – 10:40: Aikido (Richardson Sensei)
- 10-minute break
- 10:50 – 11:25: Aikido (Christaller Sensei)
- 10-minute break
- 11:35 – 12:10: Aikido (Suzuki Sensei)
- 12:10 – 12:25: Q&A
- 12:25 – 12:30: Get beverage for kampai
- 12:30: Kampai to wish Aikido dojo around the world a fantastic year of safety, good health, and peace.
The base fee is $35.
For those who would like to include a donation, we have additional sign-up options.
Net proceeds will support the instructors and special events like this, as well as valuable programs, such as our youth scholarship program for those who would not normally have the opportunity to train.