Ben Duggar Memorial Kata Training Event

April 1, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm (dinner to follow)

April 1 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Ben Duggar, who brought Tomiki Aikido to New Hampshire in 2001. He tragically passed away in 2013 after a long fight with ALS.

In memory of Ben, the members of the Manchester Budo Club and Chūshin Aikido are holding a Kata workshop. The focus of the workshop will be competition-ready kata performance, with Ari Reinstein serving as lead instructor, assisted by Erik DiVietro.

Embu, or Kata demonstration, demands precision of movement and a deep understanding of intent. Since the demonstrations are partnered, it also involves teamwork between the participants.

Doors open at 9:00am on Saturday, April 1, 2023. After a short check-in period, we will begin with a traditional Shodokan warmup led by Reinstein Sensei. After that, we will spend the morning working on the Ju Nana Hon (17) randori no kata. Following lunch, we will devote the afternoon to Goshin no Kata, the empty-hand forms from the Koryu Dai San no Kata.

Bedford Road Baptist Church
67 Bedford Rd, Merrimack, NH


Registration includes lunch being brought in and a dinner Saturday night in honor of Ben Duggar Sensei.

Register Today

Complete the form to register. Donations will be collected at the door (cash, check, credit/debit). The suggested donation is $30, which will cover lunch and minimal travel expenses. Net proceeds after expenses and additional donations will be used to create a scholarship in honor of Ben Duggar Sensei. This scholarship to help one (1) member of Team USA to travel to the 3rd WSAF World Championships in Nara, Japan this July. We are grateful for your generosity in your contributions.

Published by Erik

Erik is a pastor in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

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