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The JETAA Chicago Leadership is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone in our community. To learn more review our Community Conduct & Agreements.

JETAA Chicago has received the following information from Adam Sorkin, a Chicago JET alumni and Chief Instructor at Northwest Aikido. Please see details in the attached PDF and the description below.

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I am a former JET from way back (1995-1998, Nara) checking in after many years away. I began studying aikido while on JET. After 25 years of training (15 years in Japan and another 10 in the U.S.) I have started teaching a small aikido class near my home in Arlington Heights. I am offering some aikido "trial classes" during the holiday season. Each costs $1.00. If you live or work in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs, and you think you might like to train in aikido, this is an easy way to sample it before jumping in.

Here's my dojo.

12/21 Trial Class

12/28 Trial Class

Please reach out to me directly with any questions at Thank you!

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Last night we celebrated the return of JETAA Chicago's annual holiday BOWLnenkai in-person, after a hiatus due to the pandemic. We enjoyed seeing faces new and old, and look forward to seeing you again at our next #JETogether, whether in-person or virtual! Happy Holidays to you all!

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The holiday season is here and JETAA Chicago is bringing back an old favorite! The (formerly) annual BOWLnenkai holiday party is returning this year on Tuesday, December 13th!

Bowling kicks off at 6:30 PM CST sharp! Please arrive by 6:20PM - we will be meeting by the entrance to the bowling alley.

Pinstripes - Downtown Chicago - is our new venue this year.

Bowling from 6:30PM-8:30PM CST is free. Shoes are included! JETAA Chicago will be providing light apps at the bowling alley.

Sign up here!

This event is for JET alumni only.

Questions? Please contact the board at

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