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May Fundraising Seminar with Chris Jordan, Melissa Bell and Don Hebert

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

Please join us as Chris Jordan Sensei hosts a fundraising seminar with Melissa Bell Sensei (Florida) and Donald J. Hebert Sensei (Vermont) at the Bond Street Dojo. The weekend will include 10 keiko sessions lead by a rotation of instructors, free brunches hosted by our community, a raffle of five items including a tanto and bokken, and Dan testing session. We look forward to this unique training experience and seminar at the Bond Street Dojo Memorial day weekend May 24th-26th, 2019.

Aikidoka of all ranks and affiliations are welcome (Age 16+).

$130 pre-registration online (below) $150 (door) full weekend $50/per AM or PM session



Friday 5/24

5-6:15pm - Dojo open/registration

Keiko  稽古 - Rotation of all three instructors

6:30pm - Chris Jordan

7:15pm - Melissa Bell

8:00pm - Don Hebert

9:00pm - All are welcome for dinner at Lexington Social

Saturday 5/25

9:45am - Dojo open/registration   10:15am - Warm-up/Open mat

10:30am-11:30am - Keiko  稽古 - Melissa Bell Sensei

11:30am-12:30pm - Keiko  稽古 -  Chris Jordan Sensei

12:30-1pm  -  Open mat /or testing

1-2pm - Light lunch (provided by the dojo community)

2-3pm - Keiko  稽古 - Don Hebert Sensei 3-4pm - Keiko  稽古 - Chris Jordan Sensei

4-5pm - Keiko  稽古 - Melissa Bell Sensei

Sunday 5/26

9:30am - Dojo open/registration 10:15am - Warm-up/Open mat

10:30am-11:45am - Keiko  稽古 - Don Hebert Sensei

11:45am-1:00pm - Keiko 稽古 - Melissa Bell Sensei

1:00-2:15pm - Keiko 稽古 - Chris Jordan Sensei

2:15pm-3pm - Open mat /or testing

3pm -Raffle and light lunch (provided by the dojo community)


Featured Instructors:

Chris Jordan Sensei (6th Dan) joined Bond Street Dojo shortly after its founding. In 1980 Terry Dobson and Ken Nisson transferred the teaching and leadership of the Bond Street Dojo to Chris Jordan and Paul Kang, both of whom joined Bond Street as students of Terry Sensei and Ken Sensei in the 1970s. In addition to Terry Dobson and Ken Nisson, her teaching influences include Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Yoshida Yamada Shihan, Mary Heiny Shihan and Frank Doran Sensei. In addition, she has received the honor of the Ueshiba Juku designation from Saotome Sensei. Chris Jordan is known for her joy and sincerity of training on the mat.

Melissa Bell Sensei (5th Dan) is the Chief Instructor of the 12th Street Dojo in Sarasota Florida. She began her training at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington D.C. under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and other instructors including Patty Saotome Sensei and Frank Bell Sensei. In addition, she has received the honor of the Ueshiba Juku designation from Saotome Sensei. Her cross-training has included Shotokan Karate (Shodan) under Rick Hotton, Sensei. She has taught at the #ASU Summer Intensive in Washington D.C. and the ASU Winter Intensive in Florida and regional seminars across the country.

Don Hebert Sensei (4th Dan) began his Aikido studies in 1978 at the New Haven Aikikai in New Haven, Connecticut. His early teachers include Bob Barrett, Donald Hailey, Terry Dobson, Ken Nisson and Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. Captivated early on by the depth and beauty of Aikido movement, Don's interest continues to be to explore the many ways that Aikido practice can be personally transformative, in both the physical and inner realms. Integral to his practice is his fundamental belief that he is on the path as a student of Aikido. Herbert Sensei received his Yondan rank under Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan and Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. In 2001 he renovated a hundred year-old church in Brattleboro, Vermont to be his home and the location for the River Valley Aikido club.

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