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Message From Saotome Sensei

I hope that all Aikidoka everywhere in the world stay safe. Aiki is the ability to recognize circumstances around you and adapt. For example, I hear you are using new technology to keep to keep connected. Very good! I am very proud that my students have put safety first and closed their dojo. Taking care […]

February 2020 ASU Newsletter

The ASU Board: President: Wendy Whited Vice President/Secretary: Ania Small Treasurer: Josh Drachman Members at Large: – Lee Crawford – Chetan Prakash – John Messores – Marsha Turner — Legal Counsel – Richard Moore Ranch Manager – Ken Osbun Shrine Coordinator – Julie Tollen Website / Marketing – Guy Hagen ASU Office Administrator – Don […]

2020 Kagami Biaraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration: Godan Yondan Dwayne Bolt Philadelphia, PA Dana Hays Missoula, MT Daniel McConnell Columbus, OH Richard Moore Tallahassee, FI Betsy O’Donnell Cleveland, OH Brad Schultz Edmonton, Canada John Taylor Washington, D.C. Scott Brady Billings, MT George Carroll […]

2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration: Nanadan Rokudan Godan Yondan Raso Hultgren Ayhan Kaya Nick Kiritz Mary McIntire Tom McIntire James Sorrentino Ed Cline Stephen Earle James Gardner Jeffrey Hadley Steven Matthews Taku Okubo Steven Duncan Tobin Foster Brad Kaser Joe Kinman […]

2018 Kagami Biraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration: Rokudan Godan Yondan Brian Canin Stephen Fasen Steven Lee Schneid Ana Arango Melissa Bell Luis Escamilla Cheryl Moore-Gough Jerold Hargis Sharon Seymour Kerry Connell Tom Graham Jay Hartley Ola Karasik Cathy Middlecamp Amir Moayedpa Alex Rodriguez […]

2017 Kagami Biraki Promotions

The following 44 ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami 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 […]

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 […]