Soyez un caméléon : Saotome Sensei et l’adaptabilité

L’adaptabilité est au cœur de l’enseignement de Saotome Sensei depuis des décennies, depuis l’époque o ù il était instructeur au Hombu Dojo. Pendant tout ce temps, il a dit à ses él èves qu’il ne voulait pas créer des copieurs, c’est-à-dire qu’il ne voulait pas qu’ils imitent ses mouvements, mais qu’ils manifestent l’Aïkido dans leur propre […]

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 […]

Don’t Be a Clone: The Emphasis on Creativity in Saotome Sensei’s Teaching


In the study of martial arts we often find a tension between form and creativity. For the beginner, form is an essential study. By form we mean things like learning where to place your feet, how to strike, or, more generally, how to move so that you’re executing a technique correctly. You can think of […]

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 […]