A Message from the Chairman,
Hawaii Aikido Federation & Nuuanu Aikido Club
On this auspicious occasion, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Nuuanu Aikido Club, let us not forget those who have made this celebration possible: the Founder of aikido, Master Morihei Ueshiba, who developed the art and philosophy of aikido; Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, who continues to lead us on the path laid down by the Founder; the Founder's student Koichi Tohei Sensei, who brought aikido to Hawaii and helped train Hawaii's aikido instructors; and Yukiso Yamamoto Sensei, who was the first instructor assigned to Nuuanu YMCA Aikido Club when it was established in 1959.
Nuuanu YMCA was the first YMCA in the United States to offer aikido classes. Through the years Nuuanu aikido classes have introduced this art to approximately 3,000 students. Each student has gained self-discipline, self-confidence and respect for others. Those who persevered and conscientiously practiced aikido became instructors themselves. Our club can be proud that Japan's aikido headquarters has granted black belts to eighty-five Nuuanu Aikido Club students.
Aikido helps us to cope with the stresses of life. Beginners, juniors and adults attend classes. Our instructors do not teach the art for monetary compensation, but willingly donate their time for the satisfaction that comes from observing their students improve and grow. At first the students are afraid to tumble, but through practice they gain confidence and tumble in a smooth fluid motion. The aikido teachings help develop peace of mind.
Looking at the past 30 years, I recognize that the progress of Nuuanu Aikido Club would not have been possible without the support of Nuuanu YMCA, the YBA of Honolulu, our students and their families, and the dedication of the instructors. I sincerely thank all of you for making this 30th anniversary one we can celebrate. May the spirit of aikido always remain with you.