Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Multnomah Aikikai patches are in. Wear your dojo patch!

Our Multnomah Aikikai dojo emblem is now available as embroidered patch.

These patches can be worn on the left sleeve of your gi (uniform). When you a buy a new gi we'll include the patch for you to apply.

Show your appreciation of your dojo and the art you practice!  Wear the patch on all your gis. The patch also looks swank on weapons bags and duffel bags! Additional patches available at $5 each.

Story of the design:
This logo for the dojo was designed by Daniel Chapman, a long time dojo member. He incorporated the image of the heron and the maple tree. The blue heron has been the central element of the dojo's logo since the beginning. We are located along the Willamette River on Portland's west side. The blue heron is frequently sited along the river, especially in Willamette Park, just across the street from our dojo. The heron reminds us of the special characteristics of the area  where we practice.  The dojo is connected to nature, the land, river and wildlife around us. The maple leaf is a reminder of Chiba Sensei, the founder of Birankai International. Our style of aikido is steeped in his legacy.

Iron on, sew on or do both for strongest adhesion.

Iron-on instructions:
Pre-heat iron for 5 minutes on high setting. Do not use steam.
Iron area of the garment where the emblem will be placed for 25 seconds.
Place emblem in desired location.
Place light weight press cloth over the emblem. Using a back and forth motion, press firmly with iron for 25 seconds. DO NOT apply hot iron directly to the emblem embroidery. 
Turn the garment inside out. Using a back and forth motion, iron the back side of the emblem  for 45-60 seconds while pressing firmly.
Turn the garment right side out. Place press cloth over the emblem. Iron edges of the emblem to ensure they are properly sealed. DO NOT apply hot iron directly to the emblem embroidery.
Allow to cool thoroughly.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 BNA Summer Camp in Tacoma, WA July 16-21

2015 BNA Summer Camp will be at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA on 16-21 July (nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma).   

The 16th Annual Birankai Summer Camp will be held in the northwest, July 16-21, 2015 (notice Thursday-Tuesday dates) at the University of Puget Sound. Come train with our Guest Instructor, Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shihan from Aikikai Hombu Dojo. More details are available on the Summer Camp website, available here.

Current Information and Announcements

For up-to-date information on this year's BNA Summer Camp, make sure to "like" the Birankai Summer Camp Facebook Page. All updates will be posted on this page! 
Camp website with link to registration here:

 Flight and General Information
Start making plans now! The closest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma (SEA-TAC) International. Puget Sound University is only 30 minutes from Seattle, where there are lots of attractions and family-friendly activities. Click here for information on visiting Seattle.

Once you reach Tacoma, WA, where camp is located, you can find local information here.

Questions regarding 2015 BNA Summer Camp can be sent 
For updates on Summer camp go to:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Portland AIkido Friendship Seminar to benefit Oregon Food Bank

Saturday February 7th, 2015  10am - 3:15pm


Five Portland aikido schools coming together to share experience, goodwill and to make a difference in our community!

This is your one chance to train with teachers and students of five different Portland aikido schools in one day. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! This event is open to anyone currently training in aikido. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

There is no cost for this event however we will be collecting donations for the Oregon Food Bank. They are looking for the following foods; canned meat, canned & boxed meals, peanut butter, beans & peas, pasta, rice & cereal, fruits & vegetables, shelf-stable milk, cooking oil, 100% fruit & vegetable juice. Alternatively, Cash or check donations, of any amount, to the Oregon Food Bank, are greatly appreciated.

Time Start
Time Finish
Warm up
10:00 am
10:15 am
Aikido Northwest – Craig Fife Sensei
10:15 am
11:00 am
Portland Aikikai – Ty Barker Sensei
11:00 am
11:45 am
11:45 am
12:00 am
Two Rivers Aikikai – Spiros Koyanis Sensei
12:00 pm
12:45 pm
Budo Dojo – Dan Penrod Sensei
12:45 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
Bridgetown Aikido – Eddie Frager Sensei
1:45 pm
2:30 pm
Multnomah Aikikai – Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei
2:30 pm

12650 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005 
503-520-0864 | |

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Japanese Sword Handling: four classes February 4-25

Introduction to Sword Handling

Wednesdays, 7:30pm
February 4-25, 2015
Series of four sessions 
Open to the public, no experience required. 
Fee: $60

Basic sword handling skills will be introduced based on the Japanese art of Iaido. Partner exercises may include Aikido weapons forms. The series of four classes build on each other. For this reason, commitment to the series is advised.

This class runs concurrent with our regular Iaido class and is taught by Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei

Participants may use wooden bokken for this introduction to Japanese sword handling.  If you do not have your own equipment, the dojo has a limited number of bokken available for use during class.  

Please preregister by February 2. 
Contact us through the inquiry form on this site or send email to

Multnomah Aikikai, 6415 SW Macadam Ave, Portland OR 97239