Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More about April SMAA Seminar in Utah

Kicking off our SMAA Anniversary Seminar Series will be an extraordinary event in Utah, which will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, 2009. Special discounts will be available for SMAA members, who are up to date on their annual dues.

The seminar host is Max Roach Sensei, an SMAA certified teacher of iaido and aikido. Roach Sensei hosted the first SMAA Seminar & Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2005, and it was an outstanding success.

The featured SMAA instructor will be Nicklaus Suino Sensei, who will be teaching Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido, which he learned from the late Yamaguchi Katsuo Sensei, tenth dan. Suino Sensei studied budo extensively in Japan for several years, and he has received Shihan teaching certification and a seventh dan from the SMAA Iaido Division. An SMAA Judo Division Shihan and sixth dan, Suino Sensei will offer a class in classical Kodokan judo in Utah as well. Suino Sensei is also the SMAA General Manager and the Co-director of our iaido division. Moreover, he is the author of several popular books on budo and iaido.

Cyndy Hayashi Sensei will be a special instructor at the seminar, where she’ll teach Aikikai aikido. Hayashi Sensei, sixth dan and an instructor at Aikido West in California, began training at Aikido of San Francisco in 1977. She trained there under Frank Doran Sensei, Robert Nadeau Sensei, and Bill Witt Sensei. She then traveled to Japan to practice with the legendary Saito Morihiro Sensei. After returning to the USA, she trained and taught at the Aikido Institute of Oakland and at Aikido West in Redwood City. She later became a dedicated student of Frank Doran Sensei. She has taught seminars in the U.S., Israel, and France.

Here’s all you need to start making plans to attend the SMAA Utah Seminar, our first event to commemorate the SMAA’s 15th anniversary:

April 10, 11, 12

Wasatch Academy's Yama Oroshi Dojo
120 South 100 West
Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647

Nicklaus Suino Sensei
(Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido, biographical sketch at http://smaa-hq.com/bios/suino.php)
Cyndy Hayashi Sensei (California Aikido Association)

(a = iaido, b =aikido, c =judo)

Friday, April 10th
3:30 to 5:00 PM (a)
6:30 to 8:00 PM (b)
Saturday, April 11th
9:00 to 11:00 AM (a)
12:30 to 2:30 PM (b)
3:00 to 5:00 PM (a & b)
8:00 PM (Party with bonfire, music, food, and refreshments)
Sunday, April 12th
9:00 to 10:15 AM (c)
10:30 to 11:45 AM (b)

$30 per session. $175 for the entire seminar. For SMAA members, an additional discount of $5 per session. If purchasing the entire seminar, SMAA members receive an additional discount of $20, making the entire weekend of classes just $155.

Housing and Meals:
Some housing for out-of-town guests may be available upon request. The Horseshoe Mountain Lodge is just two minutes from the training and dining facilities. (Horseshoe Mountain Lodge: 850 S Highway 89, Mount Pleasant, UT 84647-2400, Telephone—435-462-9330) Meal plans are available upon request.

Space is limited for aikido and judo sessions. Contact Roach Sensei to reserve your place.

Event Locations:
(For location photos, see:

1. State Street Gymnasium Dojo: 120 North State Street, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647 USA
2. Roach Motel (Max Roach home): 120 South 200 West Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647 USA
3. Dining Facilities: 120 South 100 West Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647 USA

Visitor & Tourist Information:
Mt. Pleasant City—http://www.mtpleasantcity.com/index.html

Contact Information:
Max Roach Sensei
(435) 462-1438

We’re looking forward to seeing many new faces, and old faces as well, in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Attendance is limited and may sell out; so be sure to contact Mr. Roach soon to reserve a place. Don’t miss your chance to study with two of the top teachers of traditional Japanese martial arts living outside of Japan.