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Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar

  • Prindle Pond Conference Center 19 Harrington Road Charlton, MA, 01507 United States (map)

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



Framingham Aikikai its hosting its second Kanai Sensei seminar over the Memorial Day holiday weekend with an all star lineup of senior instructors and fun activities, all at affordable prices. It will have a retro feeling recalling Kanai Sensei and 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

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 influnced 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 day, 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!)


1. Our Early Bird Pricing ends on March 24 at 9pm EST. 

2. 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 which include practice, ammenties and meals, as soon as they become available.



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. 

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

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

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring your linens or sleeping bags, your Aikido weapons and a smile. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Please send us an email at:

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

We are proud to be holding the seminar at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA, which is conveniently located minutes from the Mass. Turnpike and Interstate 84. This beautiful facility is in on 500 wooded acres. For students and non-students alike, we will be offering recreational activities such as campfires, softball, and a gorgeous nature walks.

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

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What's the refund policy?

Refunds will be available, details of policy to follow.

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

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

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.

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 a bed and some storage space. You will need to bring linens (towel, 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.

All buildings have electricity and heat, but plan to leave your technologies and daily life behind. WiFi is available, but only in the main dining hall area. We want to encourge people to unplug as much as possible.

Remember that this is a retreat, so the amenities are comfortable but very simple. That said, the camp provides everything you need to enjoy a weekend away from the rat race of everyday life. Of course, you are always welcome to bringi whatever you like in order to enhance your camp experience!

What are the different lodging options?

Most rooms have two bunk beds in each (i.e.) four beds. Room assignments will be made on a two people to a room basis, unless you want more or less company in your room.


Earlier Event: April 29
April 29th -- Seminar @ Providence
Later Event: November 4
Aikido Tests + After Party