From the home page of Mary Heiny Sensei’s website: “The techniques of Aikido are intended for us to use in examining the nature of power, to engage in uncompromising self-scrutiny, and to realize our potential as powerful, compassionate, self-aware human beings.”
Welcome to the web site of Blue Heron Aikido. We are a young dojo located in Middlebury, Vermont—the center of beautiful Champlain Valley. We are a non-affiliated dojo but we are closely tied to Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle Washington due to the fact that our Sensei, Jonathan Miller-Lane studied with Kimberly Richardson Sensei, sixth dan, for eight years before moving to Middlebury. Kimberly Sensei is a student of Mary Heiny Sensei and has also studied for several decades under Saotome Sensei, Ikeda Sensei and Tom Read Sensei. Motomichi Anno Sensei, Chief Instructor of Kumano Juku dojo in Shingu Japan also continues to shape Kimberly Sensei’s practice. Hence, at Blue Heron Aikido we attempt to honor the practice and spirit of these extraordinary Aikido Shihan in our daily practice. The above photograph was taken at the end of our all-day seminar on Saturday April 21, 2007 with Kimberly Richardson Sensei and includes the following dojo-cho; Pierre Bohemiere from Yamabikodo dojo in Montreal, Don Hebert from River Valley Aikido in Brattleboro and Aaron Ward from Vermont Aikido in Burlington. Dan McAbee Sensei also from Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle is standing in the back row next to Don Hebert Sensei. We are deeply grateful for their support.
We welcome all newcomers to join us for for a one-month Aikido introduction series. This series will focus on the fundamental teachings and techniques of Aikido to ensure that all participants start their journey with a solid footing.
Classes are mixed youth and adults providing a unique opportunity for adults and youth to train together. Ages 12 and up. No prior experience necessary. Students must come to at least one class each week.
The introductory series runs from Tuesday, February 18 to Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Class times: Tue, & Thurs 5:30-6:45 pm
Location: The Blue Heron dojo at the Municipal Gym.
After the conclusion of the one-month beginner series entrants may continue training with the dojo for the remainder of March for no additional fee. (Regular training fees are $35 per month).
While students are welcome to wear a white keikogi, no special clothes or equipment are needed. Loose-fitting or stretchy athletic pants (sweatpants or similar) and a tee shirt are fine.
For more information email or call Holly Weir: 802-453-2042
On Monday, January 20, 2014 class will be held at 5:30pm rather than 7pm.
John Thomas Read is widely recognized for his ability to teach the full variety of Aikido technique. Read Sensei has spent the past thirty years teaching both practical technique, and a complete philosophical basis for power through non-resistance. Read Sensei began Aikido in 1969 after a concentrated period of study in traditional karate. Drawn to Aikido as a way to deepen his study of Zen and meditation, he eventually moved to Japan where he underwent a particularly rigorous tutelage under Masters Michio Hikitsuchi (10th dan), Yasushi Tojima, and other instructors of the Kumano Juku Dojo. On returning from Japan, Sensei Read opened Northcoast Aikido in Arcata CA in October of 1977 with formal sanction from Master Hikitsuchi, to provide an environment dedicated to study of the art of Aikido. Since that time, Northcoast Aikido has gained a reputation as one of the oldest, one of the best, and one of the most unorthodox, Aikido dojos in the country.
Aikibojitsu: Primarily consisting of high intensity solo movements, Aikibojitsu provides a direct study of universal laws of energy flow, grounding, center, waveforms alignment, and more. By exploring these phenomena ever more deeply through interaction with a simple stick of wood, practitioners ultimately face themselves as the staff becomes a perfect mirror.
- Saturday & Sunday November 9 & 10. Beginners are encouraged and welcomed to attend any and all sessions.
- Middlebury Municipal Gymnasium, Middlebury, VT.
- Class Times:
- Saturday November 9: 10:30am-12:30pm; 2:30-5:00pm. Dinner to follow for all practitioners and their friends and families.
Sunday, November 10: 10:30am-12:30pm; 2:30-5:30pm.
- Any individual class: $40. The full weekend/all four classes for $125.