Training resources and documents for 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

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:

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.

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 with testing.  We’ve all heard stories about students who have trained for a long time but had bad tests or even failed.

Psychology teaches us that humans perform best when provided clear and consistent goals and expectations, and then are given the tools to achieve them.  This handbook was assembled to help bridge the gap between testing expectation and preparation by sharing the best advice of some of ASU’s top instructors.

Sharing this handbook and linking to this page are encouraged; please, however, link to the page and not directly to the handbook. While the handbook is worded and focused foremost for members of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, it’s our hope that the concepts and advice will be useful for Aikido students regardless of their affiliation or style.

ASU Yudansha Exam Handbook