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About Two Rivers Aikikai
Two Rivers Aikikai is a non profit organization affiliated with the Aikido World Headquarters at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan through the United States Aikido Federation. Two Rivers Aikikai is also a member dojo of Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation. The dojo was founded as a non profit organization in 1991 by Edmund Di Marco Sensei 6th Dan and Ken Brown Sensei 3rd Dan. Spiros Koyanis Sensei, 6th dan in Aikido and 4th dan in Iaido, has been Chief Instructor at the dojo since June 2001 after Di Marco Sensei moved to Florida where he is Chief Instructor of Lake County Aikikai. Two Rivers Aikikai admits students of any race, color, age, gender identity, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members.
Our New Mural
We take pride in our mural painted by Portland Artist Christa Grimm! Two Rivers Aikikai chose Christa to paint the new mural called Rising Up after a considerable search for an artist who could create a mural which embodied our goals of practicing non-violence in body, mind and spirit. The mural represents perseverance and connection to meet life's challenges with the support of our environment and community. The underlying philosophy of Aikido practiced at Two Rivers Aikikai is one of harmony with one's surroundings. The mural imagery of a migrating salmon, water currents, and cyclical forces resonates with the notions of blending, pliancy, giving and receiving, all of which are qualities practiced at Two Rivers Aikikai.
Portland artist Christa Grimm creates murals, paintings and large scale site-specific commissions for both public and private clients. Alive with color, movement and strong, confident brush strokes her images celebrate natural beauty and human vitality.
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Instructors at Two Rivers Aikikai
Our Chief Instructor is Spiros Koyanis Sensei, 6th Dan, Shidoin in Aikido and 4th Dan in Iaido. He is a direct student of the late Mitsunari Kanai Shihan and practiced under Kanai Sensei's guidance for twenty one years. Koyanis Sensei began his training at New England Aikikai in 1983 and has been teaching Aikido to adults and children since 1989. In 2001, he became Chief Instructor of Two Rivers Aikikai. He is a firm believer in the effectiveness of non violence and as such honors the memory of Kanai Sensei in his instruction by paying close attention to Kanai Sensei's dynamic theories of the unified body and the interaction between uke and nage based on budo. Koyanis Sensei believes that Aikido is a fluid martial art that continues to grow and change based on modifications by leading practitioners. He trains several times a year at USAF seminars under the direction of Yamada Sensei and the members of the USAF Technical Committee. Koyanis Sensei practices and teaches Iaido as taught by the late Mitsunari Kanai Sensei, Grand Master of Iaido. Two Rivers Aikikai is a member dojo of Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation under the direction of Claude Berthiaume Shihan. To learn more about Iaido, its origins and convergence with Aikido refer to Interview with M. Kanai Sensei. as a file (76k) Our dojo hosts Aikido and Iaido Seminars with Berthiaume Sensei once or twice each year.
Lynn Marshall, 5th Dan, Shidoin is also a direct student of Mitsunari Kanai Shihan. Lynn practiced karate for a year before starting Aikido at New England Aikikai in 1985. Lynn's extension and precision demonstrate that one does not have to be big to be effective. Lynn's ability to break down a technique and focus on details gives students a lot to think about and work with in the beginner and basics program at Two Rivers. Lynn has been practicing at Two Rivers Aikikai since July 1998. She teaches a wide variety of techniques and often includes bokken and jo kata and suburi in her classes. With a strong emphasis on basics, Lynn demonstrates advanced techniques with clarity and precision for students in mixed level classes. She is a reliable reference for students preparoing for kyu and dan tests. In addition to Aikido, Lynn practices yoga several times a week and brings a wealth of knowledge to our students about proper stretching techniques to gain flexibility and strength. Lynn continues to hone her Aikido techniqe at USAF seminars throughout the year. In 2014, Claude Berthiaume, 7th dan shihan and a member of the USAF Technical Committee promoted Lynn to 5th Dan in Aikido.
Instructors at Two Rivers Aikikai must be 4th dan or above in Aikido and 3rd dan or above in Iaido. We bring a wealth of knowledge to our classes from varied backgrounds and we travel across the United States and Canada to attend seminars from several Shihan in order to improve our skills and those of our students. Assistant Instructors are ranked 2nd dan or above and are guided by senior instructors.
Assistant Instructors at Two Rivers Aikikai
All Assistant Instructors are ranked Nidan or above. Alex Nelson, Teri Pierson, Robert Fraley and Michael Boeder are Assistant Instructors in Aikido. Michael Boeder and Robert Fraley are Assistant Instructors in Iaido.
Visitors at Two Rivers Aikikai
Visitors are welcome to observe any of the classes on our class schedule and speak with instructors before or after class. When you visit, you will notice that Aikido is a formal martial art with precise rules of etiquette. With that in mind, please remove your shoes after entering the dojo and place them on the floor by the front window. If a class is in progress, please find a place to sit and watch class. You may download our Visitors Information Sheet as a file (177k). It contains answers to questions that visitors often ask. You may download our Rules of Etiquette as a file (42k).
Two Rivers Aikikai occupies a former futon factory on Southeast Belmont Street. It took several months of hard work to clean and renovate the space. Our Tokonoma and 1500 square foot mat were built by our students. We have separate dressing rooms with showers for men and women. Part of our training includes sweeping the mat after class and keeping the dojo clean and neat. We are very proud of our dojo and invite you to stop by to observe class.
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