About Our Dojo
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Aikido & Iaido Glossary
Aikido for Children
Practicing Non-Violence is a Way of Life.
Welcome to our website.
Two Rivers Aikikai is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing women, men and children with the opportunity to develop strong, healthy bodies and powerful spirits through the practice of Aikido and Iaido in Portland, Oregon.
Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art with the ultimate goal of convincing humanity that violence is not an effective means of improving society. The cooperative practice of Aikido can help you develop a centered, balanced and sensitive human character.
Iaido is being in the moment and thus a moving meditative practice of drawing and cutting with a Japanese Sword.
As you browse through our site, please take the time to think of questions you might want to ask us about Aikido and Iaido and what they may offer you. Feel free to visit our dojo in real life to observe classes and get a personal sense of the friendly atmosphere on the mat and the vibrant spirit of our students and instructors.
Thinking of starting Aikido or Iaido in Portland?
Register for one of our 4 week Beginner Sessions.Click here for dates of our next Beginner Session.
Our Aikido and Iaido lineage
The Chief Instructor of Two Rivers Aikikai is Spiros Koyanis, 6th dan Shidoin, who trained under the late Mitsunari Kanai, 8th dan Shihan from 1983 until Kanai Sensei's passing in March, 2004. Instructor Lynn Marshall, 4th dan, Shidoin also trained extensively under the late Mitsunari Kanai, Shihan. Thus the dojo's Aikido style is primarily influenced by Kanai Sensei's teaching of Aikido and his theory of the unified body. Our style pays close attention to "ma-ai" both before and after an Aikido technique allowing for the effectiveness of non-violence as self defense. You can find more information on our instructors on the About our Dojo page.
In Iaido, our instructors teach Muso Shinden Ryu style under the guidance of Claude Berthiaume Sensei. Our dojo is a member of Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation whose purpose is to develop and guide the instruction of Iaido as established by Mitsunari Kanai Sensei and carried on by Technical Director, Claude Berthiaume Shihan. More information on our Iaido program is available on our About Iaido page.
Fall Aiki Weapons and Iaido Seminar
featuring Claude Berthiaume , shihan 7th dan
October 24 -26, 2014
Please join us for our Fall Aiki Weapons and Iaido Seminar with Claude Berthiaume Shihan, 7th dan. Berthiaume Sensei is a member of the Technical Committee of the United States Aikido Federation and President and Technical Director of Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation. He is the Chief Instructor of Aikido de la Montagne in Montreal, Canada and teaches seminars all over the world. His classes are vigorous, inspiring and joyful. We are excited that he is coming to our dojo!
Please check our Dojo Events Page for seminar details and for photos and video from past seminars.
When asked for advice by his students on a wide variety of topics, Kanai Sensei often told us, "Just keep training." And so, we do.
The on-line newsletter of the USAF has articles and pictures from a variety of USAF seminars. Laura Jacobs Pavlick, Chief Instructor of Litchfield Hills Aikikai and Secretary of the USAF does a fantastic job as Editor. She also prints out and mails all of our USAF kyu certificates. Thanks Laura.
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General website information:
Links to Aikido Resources are located on our About Aikido & Links page.
In addition to photos and videos in our photo gallery, visit our Dojo Events page for photos and videos from our seminars.
E-mail Two Rivers Aikikai: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Two Rivers Aikikai is a 501(c)(3) federal non-profit organization that admits students of any race, color, age, gender, and sexual preference to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members.