Pacific Northwest Regional Aikido Seminar featuring Senseis F. Ishu Ishiyama, 6th dan and Darrell Bluhm, 6th dan.

Birankai North America (Northwest Region), in association with Puget Sound Aikikai, is pleased to host a Regional Aikido seminar featuring special guest instructor F. Ishu Ishiyama Sensei, 6th dan and Darrell Bluhm Sensei, 6th dan, March 14 & 15, 2009, at Puget Sound Aikikai in Seattle, WA.

Aikidoka of all styles and affiliations are welcome to join us for this weekend Aikido intensive, which will provide you with an opportunity to deepen your training through the high quality instruction offered by these experienced and dynamic teachers.

Flyer pdf available here:

Special Guest Instructor:  F.Ishu Ishiyama, 6th dan
Chief Instructor of Vancouver West Aikikai, Vancouver BC

Dr. F. Ishu Ishiyama started training in Aikido in 1968 in Osaka, Japan and has been teaching Aikido for over 35 years. He is a student of the late Bansen Tanaka Shihan, of Osaka Aikikai. In North America, Ishiyama Sensei trained extensively with the late Mitsunari Kanai, Shihan, Chief Instructor of New England Aikikai and with Yukio Kawahara, Shihan, technical director of the Canadian Aikido Federation. Ishiyama Sensei is known for his dynamic technique and impactful teaching style.

Darrell Bluhm, 6th dan
Chief Instructor of Siskiyou Aikikai, Ashland OR

Mr. Darrell Bluhm began his study of Aikido in 1970 and became a student of Kazuo Chiba, Shihan in 1981. Bluhm Sensei holds Shihan certification in Aikido from the Aikikai Foundation – Aikido World Headquarters and is a member of the Birankai North America Senior Council. He is also an instructor of Yang-style Tai Chi and certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. Bluhm Sensei is known for his focus on integrated movement and insightful instruction on the interrelationship between body arts and weapons training.


Seminar Schedule:

Saturday March 14th                   12:00 noon to 5:15pm

Sunday March 15th                  10:00am to 12:30pm


Seminar Tuition:

Full Seminar                             $95.00 USD

Saturday only                          $70.00 USD

Sunday only                            $35.00 USD


We kindly request that all participants pre-register by March 1, 2009.  We are pleased to offer two options for seminar registration: either online with secure payment via PayPal, or by mail-in of the paper registration form and payment by cheque.   

Online pre-registration Option: 

Please visit the Mountain Coast Aikikai Seminar Registration webpage page:

Mail-in pre-registration Option: 

Please complete the registration, read and sign the waiver and release forms (if you have not received forms in the mail, they are available online for printing out at include a check with payment (in US Funds) along with the completed forms and mail to:

Seminar Registration
c/o Mountain Coast Aikikai
#535 – 3495 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4R3

For additional information about registration, downloadable PDFs of materials or questions about the seminar, please contact:
Mountain Coast Aikikai: 604-737-7395

Seminar Location:

Puget Sound Aikikai, 101 Nickerson Ave. #130, Seattle WA 98109.

Puget Sound Aikikai is located on the north side of Queen Anne Hill, near the Fremont bridge, at   101 Nickerson Ave. (directly behind Tully’s Coffee.) (Link to Map). For questions regarding the dojo, directions, parking, or accommodations please contact:
Puget Sound Aikikai : 206-341-9801


We invite all Aikidoka, regardless of affiliation, to join us in this seminar, to train together and strengthen the bridges between our various dojos in the US Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.


Seminar Planning Committee:

Daniel Kempling

Jobe Groot

Malory Graham

Suzane Van Amburgh


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