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2017 Kigami Biraki Promotions

The following 44 ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kigami Biraki celebration: Nanadan Rokudan Godan Yondan Charles Tseng Mike Adachi Jude Blitz Douglas Hanson Eugene Lee Alex Nakamura Gary Small Marsha Turner Tracy Alpert Larry Bowman Barb Brown Mark Campbel-Olszewski Nina Carleton Don Ellingsworth Guy Hagen Brian […]

Report from the Board of Directors: November 2016

Report from the Nov. 2, 2016 Meeting of the ASU Board The treasurer reported that the roof of the house at the Aiki Shrine will need to be replaced. The Board thanks Gary Clementi who did a temporary fix – in the middle of a hurricane. ASU is now registered as a non-profit organization with a […]

Report from the Board of Directors: September, 2016

Report from the Board of Directors: for September, 2016 It has been a very busy few months since the Town Meeting held at Summer Camp. The Board is pleased to announce that Tres Hofmeister Sensei from the Boulder Aikikai has accepted the position of Board member to serve out Dr. Craig Eddy’s term. The Shrine […]

A New Future for the ASU Aiki Shrine Dojo

The new ASU organization has acquired the Aiki Shrine in Myakka City, Florida.  This iconic structure, formerly Saotome Sensei’s home and personal Dojo, will now stand as a lasting symbol and heritage of the ASU.  It represents part of an unparalleled Aikido legacy, handed down to us and the world by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. Saotome […]

In Memoriam: Sensei Craig Eddy

On Saturday, May 7, ASU lost a treasured Board Member, Dr. Craig Eddy, 6th Dan.  Eddy Sensei had been a student of Saotome Shihan since the 1970s.  During that time, he traveled to Sarasota with the intention of devoting his life to the study of Aikido under Sensei.  However, Sensei saw a different path for […]

2014 Hombu Promotions

The Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai Hombu) has released their Kagami Biraki list of senior promotions.  The list includes the following instructors promoted from the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba: George Ledyard • 7th dan (Shihan) Wendy Whited • 7th dan (Shihan) Chuck Weber • 7th dan (Shihan) Charlie Page • 7th dan (Shihan) Craig Eddy • 6th […]

ASU Yudansha Exam Preparation Handbook

In theory, regular practice of Aikido under a qualified instructor will prepare a student to pass their black belt test and to handle situations of stress, aggression and violence.  However, we are often nervous when test time approaches, as subconsciously we don’t have confidence that normal keiko is sufficient preparation for the above-normal stress and performance associated […]

2013 Shihan Promotions

Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai Hombu) has recognized the 7th dan promotions of Senseis John Messores, Patty Saotome, Dennis Hooker, Kevin Choate, Tres Hofmeister, and Bill Gleason. Congratulations to our dedicated leaders and teachers – this recognition is long overdue!