In a time of conflict around the world, it was heartening to see so much love and community support this weekend for Lorraine DiAnne Shihan at Valley Aikido. Kristina Varjan Shihan, Barbara Britton Shihan and Gina Zarrilli Sensei all spoke in support of victims of terrorism and the power of sincere practice to bridge divides.
On the packed mat Saturday at Valley Aikido were Aikidoka from across the region and from multiple Aikido organizations. Guest of honor Lorraine DiAnne Shihan held court near the mat and at the party afterward, telling tales of Japan and her many encounters with the foundational teachers of American Aikido. Thanks to the hard work of Julia Freedgood Sensei and the wonderful members of Valley Aikido, the event was a financial success.
Birankai dojos represented were Bucks County Aikido, Connecticut Aikikai, Fire Horse Aikido, Green River Aikido and Long Mountain Aikido, along with Birankai friend Needham/Newton Aikido Club. Great to see everyone and thanks for your support of this great event!