35th Annual Summer Camp in the Rockies

Boulder Aikikai’s 35th Aikido Summer Camp in the Rockies
July 29–August 2, 2015, Boulder, Colorado

I met Ikeda sensei in the autumn of 1980 in a Boulder elementary school, where I took his class for the first time. We practiced in a lot of different locations in the following years, in schools, clubs, and dojo, one place after another, until we came to the dojo where we still practice now. Thinking back on those early days, I realize now what I didn't know then: more than where we practiced it was important that we practiced, that we kept getting together to continue to find our way. In short, I became part of a group: the Boulder Aikikai.

We treasure our dojo, our place of practice. It is a lovely and important place, filled with memories for us all. But where we take refuge and find support for our practice is in the Boulder Aikikai itself, the group of us who share a common interest and a common teacher: Hiroshi Ikeda, shihan. Over the years our extended family has come to include people from around the country and the world. And so we find that a rich and dynamic web of individual relationships provides the real ground for our training, the "place" where as we grow, others grow, too.

Ikeda sensei has has always stressed that we each find our own way over time. It's my belief that we do so together. Here in our 35th year, it's also my great pleasure to invite you to join Ikeda sensei and myself, all the members of the Boulder Aikikai, and many members of our extended aikido family for our 35th Aikido Summer Camp in the Rockies. For the first time we're holding the event here in Boulder at our own dojo. I hope you can make it!

Tres Hofmeister sensei

All students of Aikido, regardless of affiliation, are sincerely invited to join us for our 2015 Summer Camp in the Rockies.


Hiroshi Ikeda sensei
Boulder Aikikai, Boulder, Colorado

Tres Hofmeister sensei
Boulder Aikikai, Boulder, Colorado


The schedule of classes may be dowloaded by clicking the following link: Summer Camp 2015 Schedule of Classes (PDF document)


Registration begins Sunday, April 19, 2015. To ensure your space, please register early!

Register online :: www.regonline.com/summercampintherockies2015

We are pleased to offer online registration and payment, with secure credit card processing through RegOnline. We encourage both local and international participants to use this convenient registration method.

Please Note :: You will be required to sign a paper copy of your registration and liability release form when you check in at Camp.

Mail-in Registration :: If you’d like to register by mail, download the pdf registration form: click here. Please read and complete the registration/release form fully and return it with payment. Incomplete forms and forms without payment will be returned for completion before being processed. Please pay careful attention to your form; don’t overlook the birth date, witness and signature sections.

Multiple Registrations :: For dojo submitting multiple registrations, please send a separate registration form and payment for each participant. Please call if you have questions.

All persons must be registered in advance. No on-site registrations. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by actual date of online registration or by post-mark date, if mailed. An individual registration form must be completed by each participant and include either full payment or deposit. Each space at camp must be used by the individual registrant, and may not be shared.

A confirmation of your registration and payment, along with more information about camp, will be sent to you within two weeks of receipt. Please allow for this turn-around time before contacting us to confirm your registration.

Waiting List :: If the camp is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified of your position. If you decide to change plans, you must cancel from one plan and reregister for the other.
Your second registration will be processed in order of its online or postmark date.

Please Note :: In order to handle the individuals on our waiting list fairly, registrations are non-transferable.

Camp participants must be 15 years of age or older by May 1. Parent or guardian must sign and witness a minor’s registration/release form. If a minor attends camp without a parent or guardian, the parent/guardian must also provide a letter designating an adult camp participant as the person responsible for the minor during camp.

(Fee is per person)


The fee includes training for the entire camp, catered lunches Thursday-Saturday, and the Saturday evening party.


Due to the Boulder IronMan being held the same weekend, we recommend confirming your accommodations as soon as possible.

Hotels :
Due to the race we are not able to coordinate any room blocks in Boulder. There are more hotel opportunities available the farther out form Boulder you stay. When searching online, possible areas to search include Louisville, Interlocken, Lafayette and Broomfield. We’ve listed a few options below. Prices are listed for reference only and are not guaranteed.

Storage Tech Drive / Hwy 36
11 miles / 20 min
Hyatt Place/Storage Tech : from $195
Omni/Interlocken : from $159
Rennaissance/Interlocken : from $235

Church Ranch Road / Hwy 36
19 miles / 30 min
Westin/Church Ranch Rd : from $187
La Quinta/Church Ranch Rd : from $107
Spring Hill Suites/Church Ranch Rd : from $155

Dojo :
The dojo mat will be available for sleeping arrangements. There are shower facilities. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Sorry, no cooking.

Home Stay :
Many Boulder Aikikai members are offering space in their homes for camp participants. You are welcome to coordinate on your own, or place your name on the Home Stay Request List. Opportunities are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re interested in Home Stay, or staying at the dojo, please email your request to:


Lunches will be catered Thursday through Saturday. Please be sure to indicate your meal preference, meat, vegetarian, lactose free, or gluten free on your registration form.

Breakfast and dinner will be your responsibility. We will have a catered party Saturday evening.

Cancellation Fees

All cancellations will be considered final; your registration cannot be reinstated. However, you may reregister with a new postmark date.

After June 1 :: $75
After July 1 :: Subject to loss of full registration fee.

Contacting Us

Find the latest Summer Camp updates on the web.

Web :: www.boulderaikikai.org/sc
E-mail :: hotline@boulderaikikai.org
Summer Camp Hotline :: 1.303.447.6464
Home Stay Request List :: boulder-housing@boulderaikikai.org

Don’t Forget

For convenient, instant online registration and credit card payment, visit www.regonline.com/summercampintherockies2015.

For printable PDF brochures and registration forms, go to www.boulderaikikai.org/sc.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that they are received. If Camp is full, you will be notified and placed on the waiting list.

Please mark “no signature required” if you send your registration by overnight mail.

Registration/release forms and payments must be received at the same time or they will not be processed. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed. Please take time to read and complete the form in its entirety. Online registrants will be required to sign a paper copy of the form at Camp check-in.

All registrants will receive a second email with more information and reservation confirmation.