Official news and announcements about the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

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 of the community was always in the heart of O-Sensei. If we help each other, we will get through this and return to our usual practice.

Please know that Patricia, my wife, and I are safe and taken care of here in Sarasota. I hope to see all of you soon.

Mitsugi Saotome, Shihan
Aikido Schools of Ueshiba

ASU Dojo-Cho Videoconference: Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

ASU will be hosting a special videoconference to help member dojos respond appropriately to the current COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.  All ASU dojo-cho are encouraged to participate.

March 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm ET
If you are a dojocho and you did not receive an invitation,
contact Tres Hofmeister at tres@nullasu.org

2020 Kagami Biaraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration:

GodanYondan
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 New Lenox, IL
Katherine Derbyshire Seattle, WA
Reginald Robinson Washington, D.C.
Michael Stabile Washington, D.C.
Tseng Wang Madison, WI

The ASU Board would also like to congratulate the successful candidates. Thank you for all of your efforts on the various committees.

The formal Aikikai announcement is linked here.

2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration:

NanadanRokudanGodanYondan
Raso HultgrenAyhan 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
Al Krever
Kristien Kubler
David Meisner
Michael Pollak
Ed Reiff

The formal Aikikai announcement is linked here.

2018 Kagami Biraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration:

RokudanGodanYondan
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
Ebon Soul
Jesse Williamson
Tracy Wujcik

The formal Aikikai announcement is linked here.

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:

NanadanRokudanGodanYondan
Charles TsengMike 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 Healy
Eric Henkels
James Klar
Jonathan Klopp
Jonathan Lewis
Leslie Libby
Cheryl Matrasko
Laurie Nusbaum
Douglas Peelie
Ken Purdy
Kay Sandacz
Brian Scott
Thomas Stenzel
Todd Trzaskos
Jennifer Barr
James Codaman
Robert Fergusen
James Ford
Michael Hunter
Garth Jones
Min Kang
Warren Little
David Mosley
Cliff Patrie
Daniel Rubin
Beth Schenk
Kirk Scott
Kooros Shirazi
Andrzej Siwkiewicz
Billie Steiert

The formal Aikikai announcement is linked here.