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Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar (Aikido)

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Prindle Pond Conference Center

19 Harrington Rd

Charlton, MA 01507

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Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar - a weekend Aikido retreat where you can develop a new appreciation of Aikido training while sharing all the good times with friends. Don't just practice Aikido, for three days live it!

Framingham Aikikai will host its second Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar over the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a lineup of senior instructors and fun activities at affordable prices. Join us as we celebrate Kanai Sensei in a special setting that recalls the early days of Aikido!

Robert Zimmermann - Shihan, 7th Dan - Toronto Aikikai

David Farrell - Shihan, 7th Dan - Commonwealth Aikikai

David Halprin - Shihan, 7th Dan - Framingham Aikikai

Barbara Britton - Shihan, 6th Dan - Framingham Aikikai

Jo Birdsong - Shidoin, 6th Dan - Aikido of Austin

Fiona Blyth - Shidoin, 5th Dan - Boston Aikikai

and more instructors to come...

Experience - a large group of senior instructors will be on the mat to celebrate the influence of Kanai Sensei, review his singular techniques and learn something new. Though Kanai Sensei is our focus, other teachers influenced by Kanai Sensei will also be present.

Celebration - the celebration of Kanai Sensei doesn’t end on the mat. The seminar will provide daily opportunities to relax, socialize and have fun.

Pricing - the aim is to give more people access to practice and have fun whether they are attending for one, two or all three days. We've worked to make travel and seminar costs reasonable, or even low (if you want to rough it by bringing your camping gear!)


  • "Early Bird" package pricing ends on March 24 at 9pm EST. Availability of Aikido day passes will follow. "Early Bird" pricing saves $30 on the 3 days/2 nights packages and $20 on the 2 days/overnight packages.

  • Online pre-registration ends on Friday, May 19th at 9pm EDT.

  • We welcome walk-in registrations on the day of the event for day-trip, Aikido-only passes. However, to avoid disappointment, please reserve your day pass as soon as they become available. Note that walk-in registrations are not eligible for food because the venue can't guarantee food for people past the preregistration head count.

  • If you would like to be co-located with your dojo in the same lodging area, please let us know when you register.

  • We will have a limited number of linens available for rental. Pricing will be available shortly.

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Q. Are there day rates available with and without food options?

Yes, we will be offering day-only rates for people coming for one day. These will be available after the early bird rates end on March 24. Walk-in registrations (on-site) will only be eligible for day passes without meals.

Q. Are families welcome? And what's the minimum age requirement for practicing Aikido on the mat?

The seminar is open to families and children of all ages. There is no charge for children three years and under. However, if children want to join us on the mat, they need to be 13 years old.

Q. What should I bring into the event?

At the very least, please bring your linens or sleeping bags, your Aikido weapons and your gi. Sunblock and/or insect repellent will be helpful if you plan on spending time in the outdoors. Plan ahead! If it's warm, you may want to bring a fan. If it's rainy, you might want to bring an umbrella and boots.

You can always bring things to make your stay more enjoyable such as a cooler filled with drinks, a coffee maker, or even a ball for the basketball/volleyball court. Use your imagination!

Q. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us through email at: KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com.

Q. What lodging options are available?

Each lodge at Prindle Pond has two wings that each consist of a common bathroom and a group of rooms. Most rooms have two bunk beds (i.e. four beds). A very limited number of rooms have a private full bathroom, and most rooms with a private bathroom are single occupancy. Though the venue is private property and quite safe, please make an effort to secure your own belongings while you are there.

Rooms types fall into five categories:

  1. Double Room (2 bunkbeds), No Bath: 2-4 people
  2. Single (single bed), No Bath: 1 person
  3. Single (single bed), Full Bath: 1 person
  4. Double Room (2 bunkbeds), Full Bath: 2-4 people
  5. Double Room (1 bunkbed), No Bath: 1-2 people

Q. How do room assignments work?

We will make room assignments based on a several factors. We generally assign two people to a room. If you register for a private bathroom, we will likely assign one person to a room. If you have any preferences on roommates or neighbors, please let us know when you register. If you registered for a private bathroom, please let us know if you want a single- or multi-occupancy configuration.

We will make every effort to accommodate your requests when making room assignments. Please contact us with lodging requests at KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com.

Q. How does dining work?

The camp will provide 6 meals for full weekend attendees and 3 meals for one night attendees. These meals are already a part of the full weekend and one night packages.

Day passes normally do not include any meals, but if you pre-register your day pass, you can buy a meals add-on. The venue needs a head count to make sure they prepare enough food for everyone.

Participants who stay a single night will get dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day. In other words, Friday/Saturday attendees will get Dinner on Friday and Breakfast/Lunch on Saturday, while Saturday/Sunday attendees will get Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast/Lunch on Sunday.

The schedule lists the hours that the dining hall will serve food. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know at KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com.

Q. What are the amenities at the venue?

Attendees will have access to the camp property, which includes a basketball court, sandy volleyball court, and a soccer/softball field. A large pond bearing the venue name is available for boating or swimming. Nature trails and bike paths criscross the wooded area. WiFi is available in the main dining hall area.

Housing will be in lodge style buildings. Each wing of a lodge has a large common bathroom with numerous shower stalls, sinks and toilets. A limited number of rooms have private baths. Each lodge is unique, and have accessible and pleasant common areas for sharing good times.

The rooms are simple; they contain bunks and possibly some storage space. You will need to bring a towel plus linens (twin sheet, pillow, and blanket) or a sleeping bag. A limited number of linen packages will be available for rent on-site if you are unable to bring your own.

Remember that this is a retreat, so the amenities are comfortable, yet simple. That said, the camp provides everything you need to enjoy a weekend away from the rat race. We want to encourge people to unplug and relax as much as possible.

Q. Where can I find out some more information about the venue?

We are thrilled to host this seminar at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA, which is conveniently located minutes from the MA Turnpike and Interstate 84. This beautiful facility sits on 500 wooded acres. For students and non-students alike, it offers recreational activities such as bonfires, softball, and beautiful nature walks.

For those wishing to venture outside of Prindle Pond, you are only nine miles to historic Sturbridge Village.

Trip Advisor - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g41854-Sturbridge_Massachusetts-Vacations.html

Sturbridge - http://www.sturbridge.com/

Q. What's the refund policy?

Refunds will be available subject to EventBrite policy. Full refunds are availble up to the end of pre-registration. Just request a refund through EventBrite. After pre-registration ends, you will need to contact us about refunds, which may be subject to fees. If you have questions, please send us an email at KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com.

Q. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need. We will be able to check you in once you visit the registration desk in main dining hall.

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