The administration of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is led by an appointed Board of senior instructors, each serving a 3 year year term that can be extended for another 3 years.  Starting January  2022 , the Board is made up of the following individuals:

  • President: –Marsha Turner
  • Vice President –Mike Page,
  • Secretary: Lee Crawford
  • Treasurer: Gary Small
  • Board Members-At-Large:  Robin Cooper, Raso Hultgren, Eugene Lee

As part of our responsibilities to World Aikikai Headquarters (Hombu) and to support our ongoing mission, the ASU Board has established standing committees in the following areas: As of 2022

  • Kagami Biraki – John Messores, George Ledyard, Bill Gleason, Chuck Weber, Tres Hofmeister, Raso Hultgren (Board Liaison), Charles Tseng, Charlie Page
  • Examination Committee – Leslie Russek (Chair), Mike Paige (Board Liaison), Robin Cooper, Nick Kiritz, George Ledyard, Steve Matthews, Tim McGill, Craig Slack, Meredith Abel, Guy Hagen (Consulting)
  • Instructional Committee – Melissa Bell (Chair), Mike Page (Board Liaison), Chris Guzik, Matthew Heersche, Jean Mark Wise, Mark Adachi
  • Advisory Committee – Matt Fisher (Chair), Kay Sandacz, Robert Deppe, Tres Hoffmeister, Barb Brown, mark Campbell-Olszewski, Chris Royal, Jerry Hargis, Mary McIntire, Cheryl Moore Gough, Marc Sergelius, Jay Weik

Other committees, their  chairs and our general administration:

  • ASU Office Administrator: Don Ellingsworth (don@nullasu.org)
  • General Counsel: Richard Moore
  • Marketing and Digital Communications Director: Guy Hagen (guy@nullasu.org)
  • ASU Now: Gary Small  (gary@nullasu.org)
  • Grants: Kay Sandacz
  • International Dojo Liaison: Marsha Turner (mtaikido@nullyahoo.com)
  • Shrine Coordinator: Julie Tollen (jet@nullasu.org)
  • Shrine Property Master Plan: Brian Canin
  • Newsletter Coordinator: Mark Miller (mmiller@nullasu.org)
  • ASU for the Future: Jennifer Howells
  • Diversity and Inclusivity: Robin Cooper
  • Winter Intensive: Melissa Bell 
  • Video Archive Project: Aaron Ward
  • Saotome Sensei’s Artwork Archive Project: Garth Jones

Updated 12/15/2021. For recent Board announcements and communications, please visit this link.

Official ASU Board Communications

General ASU News

Upcoming Seminars and Events

  1. George Ledyard Sensei at Shindai Dojo

    July 23 - September 25
  2. Annual John Messores Seminar

    September 9 @ 5:00 pm - September 11 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Kimberly Richardson, 6th Dan and Lee Crawford, 6th Dan

    September 9 @ 6:30 pm - September 11 @ 12:00 pm
  4. Seminar with William Gleason Shihan

    September 16 @ 6:30 pm - September 18 @ 6:30 pm
  5. Chetan Prakash Sensei en Montevideo

    September 23 - September 25

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4-Day Instructor Development Seminar at Shindai Dojo with George Ledyard and John Messores.

This is the first of a series of intensive workshops focused on the Aikido of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan taught by his direct students, George Ledyard and John Messores. This is intended to be an instructor level series focused on transmitting Saotome Sensei’s Aikido as it was passed to us. This first intensive in the series will focus on martial integrity and application in one’s practice. It will involve both empty hand and weapons work. We will be trying to emulate the way we were trained by Saotome Shihan when he was focused on creating future teachers.

On-line Registration:
events.eventzilla.net/e/instructor-development-w-messores–ledyard-senseis-2138577584
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4-Day Instructor Development Seminar at Shindai Dojo with George Ledyard and John Messores.

This is the first of a series of intensive workshops focused on the Aikido of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan taught by his direct students, George Ledyard and John Messores. This is intended to be an instructor level series focused on transmitting Saotome Sensei’s Aikido as it was passed to us. This first intensive in the series will focus on martial integrity and application in one’s practice. It will involve both empty hand and weapons work. We will be trying to emulate the way we were trained by Saotome Shihan when he was focused on creating future teachers.

On-line Registration:
https://events.eventzilla.net/e/instructor-development-w-messores--ledyard-senseis-2138577584

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From George Ledyard – Just to clarify, if you run a dojo and have an up and coming yudansha who you would like to start teaching in the future, they can attend with your recommendation. Just contact Messores Sensei or me and let us know who it is.

From George Ledyard – Registration is open. Initially only full intensive registration will be open. If we don't fill up the 30 spots, I will open up registration for 3-Day participation, and if we still are not full, eventually 2-Day. However, based on initial responses, we are likely to be full before we have to open registration up for less than 4-Day participation.

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