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Birankai Summer Camp 2011 Photo and Shirt Sale

posted Aug 21, 2011, 10:28 PM by Dave Dewberry

Dear Chief Instructors, Dojo Members, and Summer Camp Attendees,
Thanks for making Birankai Summer Camp 2011 in Forest Grove, Oregon a great success!  Now that you are home and rested, you can revisit the great training and community experienced this year in Forest Grove with photo items and shirts from Summer Camp 2011.
Please enjoy the link to the summer camp photos, generously donated by all our volunteer photographers! High resolution photographs are available for purchase online.  Our camp photographer, Jon Perrin, also put together a beautiful photobook of ~150 pictures and is offering a CD of ~500 photos for personal use.  These items offer great value and let you preserve your memories of Summer Camp 2011.  All proceeds from the sale of these items support Birankai North America.
Finally, if you or someone you know missed the opportunity to buy a Summer Camp 2011 t-shirt or sweatshirt, featuring the five pillars of aikido (centered, connected, whole, lively, open), these are now available for a limited time on a first come, first serve basis.  They make great presents and further support our organization.
Thank you again for your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you on the mat soon.
The 2011 Birankai Summer Camp Organizing Committee

1. Summer Camp Photos
2. Summer Camp 2011 Photobooks:  $50 +shipping.
Preview the first 15 pages of the photobook and order online at
3. Summer Camp 2011 PhotoCDs:  $25 +shipping
Email to place your order and receive payment details
4. Summer Camp 2011 t-shirts: $20 +shipping (black – small, med, large, xlarge)
    Summer Camp 2011 hoodies:  $40 +shipping (black – small, med, large, xlarge)
Email to place your order and receive payment details. Please note that these items run large.
We will accept t-shirt and sweatshirt order via email through November 1st. Orders for photo items will be accepted until further notice. 
Birankai Summer Camp 2011


posted Aug 8, 2011, 5:19 PM by Dave Dewberry

This link goes to an article in the Forest Grove News Times.  It is about Pacific University but mentions Birankai Summer Camp.

Communique 5

posted Jul 5, 2011, 11:09 AM by Dave Dewberry

Camp Communique July 4

Camp is just days away now! Please read this important information about your day of travel and the Zazen/ Iaido classes.

1. Getting to camp.
Here's an overview of options for traveling to Pacific University:
Be sure to bring your cell phone ( if you have one) and add the camp hotline to your contacts list: 503-683-aiki (2454)
Don't forget to bring your ID! Commuters bring your printed confirmation! Here's a list of what to bring to camp.

2. Planes trains and automobiles!
Arriving at PDX airport on Friday July 8? Portland's light rail system is easy and convenient to use. At the Portland airport the train platform is just steps away from the baggage carousels. Ride the train to Hatfield Government Center station where we will be running shuttles to campus. Here's how to get from PDX to Pacific University

Flying and renting a car? You may be in a position to give a ride to someone else arriving near the same time as you. Let us know your PDX arrival time. You just might be someone's angel.

Driving to campus? View options for driving directions:
This page contains quick links to google map directions:

When you arrive, park in the lot behind Gilbert Hall and near Stoller Athletic Center. Enter from Main Street. The sign says "Parking lot K." See the map.

You can print out a parking permit now and place it on your dash when you park.

3. Where do I check-in on campus?

If you arrive Friday July 8 ....
10am- 4:30pm, go to Gilbert Hall.
4:30pm - 6:30pm, call the camp hotline: 503-683-aiki (2454)
6:30 - 8:30pm, go to Stoller Athletic Center
After 8:30pm, call the camp hotline for entry to Burlingham Hall: 503-683-aiki (2454).

If you arrive after July 8: register in the gym during class hours.

This campus map highlights the main buildings our group will be using:
This link takes you to pictures and information about Gilbert and Burlingham halls.

4. Iaido & Zazen Saturday morning
Final reminder to please bring your own Zafus!
Note that Zazen is 6:30am- 7:00 am; Iaido is 7:00-7:40 am. To manage this schedule efficiently please note:

a) If you intend to sit on Sat am please bring your zafus to Fri evening class. Setup will occur after the meeting.
b) If you intend to sit and do Iaido please come to zazen with you're sword ready to go (ie out of its case) and already dressed for Iaido gear.We may even sit with our swords in front of us.
c) If you intend to sit and not do Iaido please exit the mats quickly and quietly immediately after zazen. Please leave your zafu off to the side of the mats and it will be stored for you after iaido and be ready to set it up again after the last class each afternoon.
d) If you intend to do Iaido and not Zazen please remove your sword from its case and be ready to go inside the gym at 6:55. Please remove your sword from its case outside of the gym to avoid disturbing the end of zazen.

5. The camp phone number, 503-683-aiki (2454) is your hotline.
Tap the number into your cell phone contacts list. Learn more.

Safe travels! See you soon!

Communique 4

posted Jun 20, 2011, 12:52 PM by Dave Dewberry   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 1:00 PM ]

Camp Communique number 4

All summer camp registrants, please fill out our brief camp survey asap:

We really need to know when and how you are arriving even if you don't need transportation assistance. Please fill out the volunteer section. Already contributing to camp in some capacity? Write it on the form. Our volunteer coordinator doesn't know what you have already committed to do. Willing to help out in any capacity? Let us know. You can write in the free form section of the survey. 

70% of our registrants are yudansha. Only 30% are kyu ranked. Everyone attending camp can help out in some capacity. Thank you very much to the folks who have already completed the survey. If your status should change, please update us by submitting a new form. 

Do you know someone who plans to attend camp but hasn't registered yet? We need everyone in our system to be sure there are rooms and meals available for our group. If someone you know is not getting this communique or has not received confirmation from the registrar then please have them contact the registrar at by June 19.

Commuters may register on-line up until June 30.

Help us help you get to camp

posted Jun 8, 2011, 12:52 PM by Dave Dewberry

Get a ride from the train station and let us know if you wish to volunteer by filling out our travel form.
If your plans change then please just fill it out again with the new information.

You can still register for camp!!

posted Jun 5, 2011, 11:19 AM by Dave Dewberry   [ updated Jun 5, 2011, 12:52 PM ]

Regular Registration rates have ended but you may still register although there is a surcharge.  

Registration closes soon!

posted May 30, 2011, 12:51 PM by Dave Dewberry

Regular Registration rates close on Tuesday May 31 (9pm Pacific Time).

Travel info

posted May 16, 2011, 5:32 PM by Dave Dewberry

Once you have registered please fill out the travel form by clicking on

Registration open

posted Apr 27, 2011, 5:30 PM by Dave Dewberry   [ updated May 17, 2011, 4:47 PM ]

Online registration is open until May 31.  Or you may now download a printable form if you wish to send in a paper registration

Site Update

posted Mar 13, 2011, 9:57 PM by Birankai NA   [ updated Mar 13, 2011, 10:10 PM ]

The Guest Instructors and Scholarship Applications pages have been posted on the Birankai Summer Camp Website.  A page has also been added for site-seeing opportunities in the area.

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