Sadly the Okugyo retreat that was scheduled for November has not had
sufficient registrations and so has to be cancelled. Those who have sent in
deposits will receive refund checks soon.
After talking with Bill Sensei this weekend, we have decided to not schedule any
further Okugyo retreats save one in the summer of 2009 in Toledo. If we have
the required 20 participants registered and prepaid a month before hand the retreat
will happen, but not otherwise. The exact dates for this are yet to be determined.
Hopefully with the publication of Senseis new book there will be a renewed
interest in the Okugyo project.
Bill Sensei and I offer my deepest apologies to those few who had made the
commitment to setthe time aside to practice, hopefully others will share your
feelings for the retreat in the summer and Okugyo will continue.
An Open Invitation to all Aikido Students
I am writing this as an open invitation to all aikido students who wish to participate in our training center.
In order to insure the highest level of training, the retreats will be limited to twenty participants and divided into the levels of fundamentals, intermediate and advanced. The word Okugyo indicates the advanced level, yet the training will go into depth at each level. Each student will be required to pass all aspects of one level before participating in the next.
The Okugyo training will emphasize the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of aikido. Students will participate in daily meditation, reading and discussion, and other activities designed to help the student move towards an integrated understanding of Aikido.
It has long been my goal to create an environment for this kind of personal training. Okugyo seminars will not make any distinction between affiliation or rank, but will be open to all who approach it with a sincere and humble attitude.