Embracing Tradition: Kagami Biraki and Sensei Gentil Pennewaert’s Demonstration at Newport Beach Aikikai Shin Do Kan Dojo

As the New Year unfolds, cultures around the world celebrate the promise of new beginnings, hope, and prosperity. In Japan, one such tradition that encapsulates the spirit of renewal is Kagami Biraki, a ceremonial event symbolizing good health and fortune for the year ahead. This year, Newport Beach Aikikai Shin Do Kan Dojo is proud to invite you to a special Kagami Biraki event featuring a captivating demonstration by Sensei Gentil Pennewaert.

Kagami Biraki, which translates to “opening the mirror,” is a time-honored Japanese ritual held in January to break and share an ornamental mochi, a rice cake traditionally associated with good luck. This symbolic act is believed to bring harmony, prosperity, and positive energy into the New Year. It is a moment for reflection, gratitude, and communal celebration.

On Saturday, January 13, 2024 –  Sensei Gentil Pennewaert, Shihan 7th Dan Aikikai , will grace the Newport Beach Aikikai Shin Do Kan Dojo with his demonstration. The event promises to be a captivating showcase of skill and tradition, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to witness the artistry of Aikido and its cultural significance.

The festivities will kick off at 11 a.m., with Sensei Gentil Pennewaert’s demonstration taking center stage. To ensure optimal seating, we kindly ask guests to arrive 10-15 minutes early. As a gesture of unity and shared joy, a potluck will follow the demonstration, allowing attendees to contribute their favorite dishes or desserts to the communal feast. It’s a chance to connect, share, and savor the diverse flavors that make our community special.

In honor of this special event, all adult and children’s classes on that day will be canceled. We appreciate your understanding and encourage everyone to participate in this unique celebration.

Newport Beach Aikikai Shin Do Kan Dojo extends a warm invitation to all – students, families, and friends alike. Let us embark on the journey of 2024 with positive energy, great company, and a shared commitment to tradition. Your presence will add to the richness of the occasion, and we look forward to creating lasting memories together.

Thank you for your support, and we can’t wait to see you at this auspicious Kagami Biraki event!

Kind Regards,

Newport Beach Aikikai Shin Do Kan Dojo

Aikido Hombu Dojo’s Kagami-biraki Ceremony

On the 8th of January 2023, Sunday, the Aikido Hombu Dojo’s Kagami-biraki Ceremony took place in Tokyo, Japan. 918 persons were promoted at the event. Watch the video of the Kagami Celebration below.