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Self-Defense Workshop with my Nike Chicago homies. Remember, verbal judo before physical judo. 🥋💥🥊 #JustDontQuit #JustDoIt #Nike #NikeTraining #NikeChicago #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
Last week, @tohkonjudo hosted Junior national training camp, and each kid had more energy than a case of @redbull. But, we ran, jumped, started/stopped, and changed direction to tire them out before even putting on a gi. These little ninjas are ready for battle!

#JustDontQuit #JustDoIt #Nike #NikeTraining #NikeChicago #MentalToughness #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo #Play60
What happens when two dudes show up to grapple wearing the same gi, and one of those dudes just happens to be back on the BJJ mats for the first time since ankle surgery? Naturally, one welcomes the other with a strangulation hold and a big smile.

#JustDontQuit #JustDoIt #Nike #NikeTraining #NikeChicago #MentalToughness #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
Our guardian predecessors are watching in awe of how we utilize their teachings. They don’t expect us to believe their teachings are sacred and unmalleable dogmas we must blindly bow before. Respect the past and create the future. .
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📸 @onejudoka🦍
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#friday #philosophy #fbf #mood #respect #dvptchicago #mizuno #usajudo #tohkonjudoacademy #chicagolife #northside #blackbelt #shodan #lifelessons #boldlyintothefuture #futuristic #judo #bjj #grappling #wrestling #mma #martialarts #jigorokano #movement #createyourpath #askmehow
Our guardian predecessors are watching in awe of how we utilize their teachings. They don’t expect us to believe their teachings are sacred and unmalleable dogmas we must blindly bow before. Respect the past and create the future. . . . 📸 @onejudoka🦍 . #friday  #philosophy  #fbf  #mood  #respect  #dvptchicago  #mizuno  #usajudo  #tohkonjudoacademy  #chicagolife  #northside  #blackbelt  #shodan  #lifelessons  #boldlyintothefuture  #futuristic  #judo  #bjj  #grappling  #wrestling  #mma  #martialarts  #jigorokano  #movement  #createyourpath  #askmehow 
Self-Defense Saturday was a hit! Special thanks to @maurcoll for being my Grappling Range partner. Until next time, remember to always mind your surroundings. 🥋💥💪 #JustDontQuit #JustDoIt #Nike #NikeTraining #NikeChicago #MetconMonday #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
#tbt Self-Defense Saturday — 4/21, 12:30pm-2pm at @onyourmarkstudios. Will I wear a shirt? Yes. Will we work on our fireman's carry? No. But, we will drill the four ranges of unarmed combat. Sign up link in profile; see you Saturday. 📸@tlrsevennine

#JustDontQuit #JustDoIt #Nike #NikeTraining #NikeChicago #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
#Repost @windycitynikkei
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A then 83-year old Joe Takehara dumps Dwight Sora, forty-two years his junior, during an aikido demonstration at Tohkon Judo Academy’s 2015 Kagami Biraki at Chicago’s Japanese American Service Committee. Takehara sensei was a founding member of the Illinois Aikido Club, the first aikido dojo in the Midwest, in 1961. The dojo was started by a group of Nisei professionals in Detective Tony Muranaka’s matless 3-flat basement on Clark Street in Lakeview’s unofficial J-town. Incidentally, Muranaka was the first Nisei on the Chicago Police Department (featured elsewhere on Windy City Nikkei).
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A retired dentist, in the 1960s Takehara’s office at 3355 N. Clark was across the street from Muranaka’s home, and two blocks from the IAC's first formal dojo at 3223 N. Clark. A Nisei resettled from Poston WRC, he was invited to try this “new” martial art by John Omori, an optometrist down the street at 3206 N. Clark, who had formed the club a week prior with Norman Miyagi, an osteopath. Early members included Robert “Red” Sakamoto, Sab Tanaka, Carl & George Kita, Lester Katsura, June & Mary Tanaka, and Norio "Mike" Mamura from Milwaukee, who would go on to establish the Milwaukee Aikido Club.
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25-year devotee of the art Dwight Sora began practicing aikido in 1993 under Hiroshi Tada, while attending Tokyo’s Waseda University through an exchange program with the University of Chicago. He is a Japanese documents translator by trade, as well as a professional actor. In 2010, Sora co-founded the Chicago Aikido Club with Joe Takehara and Yukiko Hara (the focus of an earlier WCN feature) as senior instructors & advisors, continuing the legacy of Nikkei involvement in aikido. Sora, a Yonsei Nikkei, is a past board member of Chicago JACL and active with the Midwest Buddhist Temple.
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For his 56-years of service to aikido in Chicago, in 2017 Joe Takehara was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He and Yuki Hara continue to teach on Sunday mornings.
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#nisei #yonsei #japaneseamerican #illinoisaikidoclub #aikido #japaneseamericanservicecommittee #tohkonjudoacademy #japantownchicago #windycitynikkei
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Credit: Erik Matsunaga
#Repost  @windycitynikkei • • • A then 83-year old Joe Takehara dumps Dwight Sora, forty-two years his junior, during an aikido demonstration at Tohkon Judo Academy’s 2015 Kagami Biraki at Chicago’s Japanese American Service Committee. Takehara sensei was a founding member of the Illinois Aikido Club, the first aikido dojo in the Midwest, in 1961. The dojo was started by a group of Nisei professionals in Detective Tony Muranaka’s matless 3-flat basement on Clark Street in Lakeview’s unofficial J-town. Incidentally, Muranaka was the first Nisei on the Chicago Police Department (featured elsewhere on Windy City Nikkei). - A retired dentist, in the 1960s Takehara’s office at 3355 N. Clark was across the street from Muranaka’s home, and two blocks from the IAC's first formal dojo at 3223 N. Clark. A Nisei resettled from Poston WRC, he was invited to try this “new” martial art by John Omori, an optometrist down the street at 3206 N. Clark, who had formed the club a week prior with Norman Miyagi, an osteopath. Early members included Robert “Red” Sakamoto, Sab Tanaka, Carl & George Kita, Lester Katsura, June & Mary Tanaka, and Norio "Mike" Mamura from Milwaukee, who would go on to establish the Milwaukee Aikido Club. - 25-year devotee of the art Dwight Sora began practicing aikido in 1993 under Hiroshi Tada, while attending Tokyo’s Waseda University through an exchange program with the University of Chicago. He is a Japanese documents translator by trade, as well as a professional actor. In 2010, Sora co-founded the Chicago Aikido Club with Joe Takehara and Yukiko Hara (the focus of an earlier WCN feature) as senior instructors & advisors, continuing the legacy of Nikkei involvement in aikido. Sora, a Yonsei Nikkei, is a past board member of Chicago JACL and active with the Midwest Buddhist Temple. - For his 56-years of service to aikido in Chicago, in 2017 Joe Takehara was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He and Yuki Hara continue to teach on Sunday mornings. - #nisei  #yonsei  #japaneseamerican  #illinoisaikidoclub  #aikido  #japaneseamericanservicecommittee  #tohkonjudoacademy  #japantownchicago  #windycitynikkei  - Credit: Erik Matsunaga
Thanks to Chicago’s Very Own for having us on the Midday news. Self-Defense Workshop, 4/21, 12:30pm-2pm, at @onyourmarkstudios. See the full video in my bio link.

#JustDontQuit #JustDoIt #Nike #NikeTraining #NikeChicago #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
A then 83-year old Joe Takehara dumps Dwight Sora, forty-two years his junior, during an aikido demonstration at Tohkon Judo Academy’s 2015 Kagami Biraki at Chicago’s Japanese American Service Committee. Takehara sensei was a founding member of the Illinois Aikido Club, the first aikido dojo in the Midwest, in 1961. The dojo was started by a group of Nisei professionals in Detective Tony Muranaka’s matless 3-flat basement on Clark Street in Lakeview’s unofficial J-town. Incidentally, Muranaka was the first Nisei on the Chicago Police Department (featured elsewhere on Windy City Nikkei).
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A retired dentist, in the 1960s Takehara’s office at 3355 N. Clark was across the street from Muranaka’s home, and two blocks from the IAC's first formal dojo at 3223 N. Clark. A Nisei resettled from Poston WRC, he was invited to try this “new” martial art by John Omori, an optometrist down the street at 3206 N. Clark, who had formed the club a week prior with Norman Miyagi, an osteopath. Early members included Robert “Red” Sakamoto, Sab Tanaka, Carl & George Kita, Lester Katsura, June & Mary Tanaka, and Norio "Mike" Mamura from Milwaukee, who would go on to establish the Milwaukee Aikido Club.
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25-year devotee of the art Dwight Sora began practicing aikido in 1993 under Hiroshi Tada, while attending Tokyo’s Waseda University through an exchange program with the University of Chicago. He is a Japanese documents translator by trade, as well as a professional actor. In 2010, Sora co-founded the Chicago Aikido Club with Joe Takehara and Yukiko Hara (the focus of an earlier WCN feature) as senior instructors & advisors, continuing the legacy of Nikkei involvement in aikido. Sora, a Yonsei Nikkei, is a past board member of Chicago JACL and active with the Midwest Buddhist Temple.
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For his 56-years of service to aikido in Chicago, in 2017 Joe Takehara was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He and Yuki Hara continue to teach on Sunday mornings.
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#nisei #yonsei #japaneseamerican #illinoisaikidoclub #aikido #japaneseamericanservicecommittee #tohkonjudoacademy #japantownchicago #windycitynikkei
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Credit: Erik Matsunaga
A then 83-year old Joe Takehara dumps Dwight Sora, forty-two years his junior, during an aikido demonstration at Tohkon Judo Academy’s 2015 Kagami Biraki at Chicago’s Japanese American Service Committee. Takehara sensei was a founding member of the Illinois Aikido Club, the first aikido dojo in the Midwest, in 1961. The dojo was started by a group of Nisei professionals in Detective Tony Muranaka’s matless 3-flat basement on Clark Street in Lakeview’s unofficial J-town. Incidentally, Muranaka was the first Nisei on the Chicago Police Department (featured elsewhere on Windy City Nikkei). - A retired dentist, in the 1960s Takehara’s office at 3355 N. Clark was across the street from Muranaka’s home, and two blocks from the IAC's first formal dojo at 3223 N. Clark. A Nisei resettled from Poston WRC, he was invited to try this “new” martial art by John Omori, an optometrist down the street at 3206 N. Clark, who had formed the club a week prior with Norman Miyagi, an osteopath. Early members included Robert “Red” Sakamoto, Sab Tanaka, Carl & George Kita, Lester Katsura, June & Mary Tanaka, and Norio "Mike" Mamura from Milwaukee, who would go on to establish the Milwaukee Aikido Club. - 25-year devotee of the art Dwight Sora began practicing aikido in 1993 under Hiroshi Tada, while attending Tokyo’s Waseda University through an exchange program with the University of Chicago. He is a Japanese documents translator by trade, as well as a professional actor. In 2010, Sora co-founded the Chicago Aikido Club with Joe Takehara and Yukiko Hara (the focus of an earlier WCN feature) as senior instructors & advisors, continuing the legacy of Nikkei involvement in aikido. Sora, a Yonsei Nikkei, is a past board member of Chicago JACL and active with the Midwest Buddhist Temple. - For his 56-years of service to aikido in Chicago, in 2017 Joe Takehara was inducted into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He and Yuki Hara continue to teach on Sunday mornings. - #nisei  #yonsei  #japaneseamerican  #illinoisaikidoclub  #aikido  #japaneseamericanservicecommittee  #tohkonjudoacademy  #japantownchicago  #windycitynikkei  - Credit: Erik Matsunaga
At New Year’s, many Japanese Americans participate in mochitsuki (ritual pounding of rice into mochi). Can you believe Microsoft just autocorrected “mochi” to “mocha”? I pre-write these things in thought spurts out of an Outlook window on my computer as time permits, and later copy/paste from my phone. (One small post like this might take an entire day or more in between other things.) Here, Mr. Nakai – the mochi (no, not mocha!) turner at this event – instructs the next generation on the finer points of cleaning the usu (mortar) in which all the rice was pounded at Tohkon Judo Academy’s annual Kagami Biraki at the Japanese American Service Committee. The usu was on loan from the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, located a few blocks away.

Every single instance of mochi was autocorrected to "mocha" and had to be manually changed back. It's not even like mocha is an English word, either, referring to the city of Mocha in Yemen, historically known as a shipping port on the Red Sea well-regarded as a source for an arabica coffee referred to as Mocha Sanani.

Least it prompted me to learn about mocha, anyway. 
#mochistuki #mochinotmocha #somethingneweveryday #japaneseamericanservicecommittee #kagamibiraki #tohkonjudoacademy #windycitynikkei 
Photo credit: Erik Matsunaga
At New Year’s, many Japanese Americans participate in mochitsuki (ritual pounding of rice into mochi). Can you believe Microsoft just autocorrected “mochi” to “mocha”? I pre-write these things in thought spurts out of an Outlook window on my computer as time permits, and later copy/paste from my phone. (One small post like this might take an entire day or more in between other things.) Here, Mr. Nakai – the mochi (no, not mocha!) turner at this event – instructs the next generation on the finer points of cleaning the usu (mortar) in which all the rice was pounded at Tohkon Judo Academy’s annual Kagami Biraki at the Japanese American Service Committee. The usu was on loan from the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, located a few blocks away. Every single instance of mochi was autocorrected to "mocha" and had to be manually changed back. It's not even like mocha is an English word, either, referring to the city of Mocha in Yemen, historically known as a shipping port on the Red Sea well-regarded as a source for an arabica coffee referred to as Mocha Sanani. Least it prompted me to learn about mocha, anyway. #mochistuki  #mochinotmocha  #somethingneweveryday  #japaneseamericanservicecommittee  #kagamibiraki  #tohkonjudoacademy  #windycitynikkei  Photo credit: Erik Matsunaga
Thanks to @wciutheu and @thejamtvshow for coming to my Ninja class @onyourmarkstudios for a self-defense workshop. This holiday season—especially with all the carjackings—it is important we stay aware and mind our surroundings. Happy 🦃! Link in profile. #NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
Back in mid-June, I was involved in a judo accident where my right ankle and right knee were rolled up on by a training partner, and my body was bent backward over my trapped joints. Immediately, I heard numerous “popping” sounds followed by instant pain. I feared the worst. Checkout the latest #BKVIS blog post to see what happened! Link in profile. 
#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
Back in mid-June, I was involved in a judo accident where my right ankle and right knee were rolled up on by a training partner, and my body was bent backward over my trapped joints. Immediately, I heard numerous “popping” sounds followed by instant pain. I feared the worst. Checkout the latest #BKVIS  blog post to see what happened! Link in profile. #NikeTraining  #JustDoIt  #NTC  #NikeChicago  #Nike  #BetterForIt  #MentalToughness  #SelfDefense  #MartialArts  #AmbushBJJ  #TohkonJudoAcademy  #LionsMartialArts  #Judo  #BJJ  #Hapkido  #Taekwondo 
#Repost @bkstrength_chicago (@get_repost)
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This is not a good position to be in. How do we get out? What are our options? All part of what was covered during self-defense training @deloitte. #DeloitteChicago

#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
This is not a good position to be in. How do we get out? What are our options? All part of what was covered during self-defense training @deloitte. #DeloitteChicago

#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
It's becoming my favorite shirt!! ❇️✳️❇️💚💚. All my athletic clubs should have bright clothing!! #shinebright #saturdayselfie #athleticwear #achilleschicago I need shirts from @dare2tri_ #oneinspiresmany #tohkonjudoacademy #menomoneejudoclub #menomoneejudo #chicagoathlete
Getting the kids ready for the USJA/USJF Jr. National Championships — starting tomorrow in West Palm Beach, FL! Fight smart, fight hard.

#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #KidsFitness #Play60 #YouthFitness #SPARQ #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #Judo #BJJ
Our little champs for the day!!! Came in strong and fought real hard! Here is Ronan Dexter with his best bud Stefan! #judobuddies Well done boys!! #judo #tohkonjudoacademy #wolftournament  #ronandextermoves #ronandexter
Self-defense + Nike Chicago = 🥋💥🥊! Thanks for keeping an open mind and practicing your sweet new moves on me.

#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #StopExercising #StartTraining #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
30 años practicando este hermoso deporte , toda una Vida !!!!!
Y los mejores amigos y hermanos 
#judofriends #judolife @tohkonjudoacademy  #tohkonjudoacademy
Tony Williams is the owner of Rebel Sport and Fitness and has been teaching me Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2008. In addition to being a BJJ black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr., Tony also played football at the University of Wisconsin. Checkout the latest #BKVIS blog post for an interview with Tony to see why he is one of the strongest pound-for-pound trainers I have ever met. Link in profile. @rebel_training @badgerfootball
#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #Nike #BetterForIt #MentalToughness #Judo #BJJ #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Hapkido #Taekwondo #Grappling #Oss
Tony Williams is the owner of Rebel Sport and Fitness and has been teaching me Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2008. In addition to being a BJJ black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr., Tony also played football at the University of Wisconsin. Checkout the latest #BKVIS  blog post for an interview with Tony to see why he is one of the strongest pound-for-pound trainers I have ever met. Link in profile. @rebel_training @badgerfootball #NikeTraining  #JustDoIt  #NTC  #NikeChicago  #Nike  #BetterForIt  #MentalToughness  #Judo  #BJJ  #SelfDefense  #MartialArts  #AmbushBJJ  #TohkonJudoAcademy  #LionsMartialArts  #Hapkido  #Taekwondo  #Grappling  #Oss 
Self-defense Saturday is in the books. Always great to share information and create awareness--thanks for coming! 📸 @rdc_6 #NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #BetterForIt #ChicagoSky #MentalToughness #SelfDefense #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
Thanks to #WCIU and @wciuyouandme for having us promote Saturday's OYM self-defense workshop! For more info, check out the link in profile. @em.hutchins @wciuyouandme @ericastimac4103 
#NikeTraining #JustDoIt #NTC #NikeChicago #BetterForIt #SelfDefense #MentalToughness #MartialArts #AmbushBJJ #TohkonJudoAcademy #LionsMartialArts #Judo #BJJ #Hapkido #Taekwondo
Awesome experience observing #tohkonjudoacademy  Looking forward to joining in January. 
We can learn a lot from other coaches, even if they aren't in your field. COACHING is COACHING.

Thank you @bkstrength_chicago for the invite. #judo #chicago #chicagomadetraining #bkstrength #2016 #change
First place today for my main man.  He did awesome.  4/4 n undefeated.  Tough competition but he pulled it out. #irwincohenmemorial #judo #arenatrainingcenter #tohkonjudoacademy  #ippon #cantteachheart #hardwork #dedication #beyondproud #prouddaddy #nextstopdallas #wishhimluck @danthamann87