Wendy Whited and her contributions to the ASU

When asked to write an article describing Wendy Whited Sensei’s contributions to ASU it was difficult to even know how to start. For many of us we can see her connection to all aspects of our organization. Many elements are visible but otherswere done behind the scenes without fanfare and without a need for recognition […]

Be a Chameleon: Saotome Sensei and Adaptability


Adaptability has been a core focus of Saotome Sensei’s teaching for decades, going back to when he was an instructor at Hombu Dojo. Throughout this time, he has told his students that he doesn’t want to create copycats—that is, he doesn’t just want them to mimic his movements, but instead to manifest Aikido within their […]

Wendy Whited Sensei

1952-2021 Wendy Whited Shihan, was one of a small group of instructors at the highest level of theAikido Schools of Ueshiba. Awarded a seventh Dan in 2012 by Hombu Dojo at SaotomeShihan’s recommendation, she was one of the senior-most woman instructors in the world. Whited Sensei was founding Chief Instructor at Inaka Dojo in Beecher, […]

Covid relief funding

Here is an article that might be helpful to some ASU dojos. This round of funding is more flexible then the first PPP. January 10, 2021 Original article link Paycheck Protection Program Round 2: The Highlights Monday, December 28, 2020 UPDATED: December 29, 2020       After much deliberation, Congress finally agreed to approve […]

2021 Kagami Biraki Promotions

The following ASU instructor promotions were recognized by the Aikikai Hombu (World Aikido Headquarters) at their annual Kagami Biraki celebration: Godan Lewis Cuffy Don Hebert Mathew Heersche Thomas Krumroy Marc Sergilus Craig Slack Aaron Ward Yondan Gina Drachman Mark Miller Soba Sergio Julie Tollen Wade Wickus Allen Grazer* Daniel McCartney, Shindai Aikikai* Reginald Robinson, Aikido […]


Today, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sensei Patricia Saotome. She passed quietly in her sleep this morning. We thank everybody for their support and want everyone to know that Sensei is being cared for. An on-line memorial service is being organized to celebrate her life, her warrior spirit, and […]

Condolences: Thurston Carleton

It is with great sadness that ASU shares news of the passing of Thurston Carleton, 6th dan, Aikido Shobukan Dojo Board member, and longtime contributor to the aikido community. Thurston’s deep understanding of aikido principles and commitment to Saotome Shihan’s vision served as an inspiration to us all and benefited many. His time at Shobukan spanned […]

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 […]