Seminar Instructors

  Moriteru Ueshiba
Moriteru Ueshiba (Doshu, born April 2, 1951) is the third and current doshu of the Aikikai. He was born in Tokyo, Japan, and assumed the title of d?shu on January 4, 1999 following the death of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is a grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He graduated from Meiji Gakuin University with a degree in economics.[1] He assumed the position of dojocho or director of Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1986 and in 1996 became chairman of the Aikikai Foundation. He is also the author of the book Progressive Aikido and co-author of the book Best Aikido: The Fundamentals along with the aid of his father Kisshomaru Ueshiba and author of second continuing book of Best Aikido which is called The Aikido Master Course: Best Aikido 2. In keeping with the iemoto system, he is expected to be succeeded as d?shu by his son Mitsuteru Ueshiba.

  Hans Goto
Hans Goto has almost 40 years experience in the martial arts. His main focus has been Aikido, with extended residential training in Iwama, Japan at the Aikido Shrine under Morihiro Saito Shihan. Goto Sensei is the first non-Japanese citizen to undergo this intensive traditional style training. Besides holding a 7th degree Black Belt in Aikido, he has also trained in Judo, T\'ai Qi Quan, and Wushu. Goto Sensei is Head Instructor and founder of Bay Marin Aikido.

  Hoa Newens
Hoa Newens Sensei, chief instructor of Aikido Institute of Davies, has trained and taught Aikido since 1967 and is ranked black belt 7th degree by World Headquarters. Throughout the years, he studied with Sensei Dang Thong Phong, 6th dan, Seiichi Sugano, 8th dan, and the late Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. Newens Sensei is the former head of Aikido Institute Oakland. In addition to directing Aikido Institute Davis, he currently serves on the board of Takemusu Aikido Association a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting Aikido. He has also trained in Wu Tai Chi and Chi Kung since 1987. Newens Sensei has published the most comprehensive series of Aikido DVDs entitled Aikido Curriculum and consisting of seven professionally produced DVDs.

  Bill Witt
Witt Shihan has been teaching and training since July of 1967, and is one of the most senior instructors in the United States. He has trained extensively in Iwama, Japan at the school where Aikido was founded, and is a direct student of Saito Morihiro Shihan, one of Japan's most senior instructors and current master of the school in Iwama. In addition, Witt Sensei has trained directly with Ueshiba O'Sensei, the Founder of Aikido. Witt Sensei is one of the few Aikido teachers worldwide who has been awarded the title of Shihan, or Master Instructor, and is one of the first non-Japanese teachers to be awarded this title.

  Bernice Tom
Bernice Tom, 7th dan, began her training in 1974 . From 1975 to 2002 she made more than 10 visits to Iwama Japan to study with Saito Morihiro Shihan. She hosted Saito Sensei’s visit to San Diego from 1988 to 1995. Saito Shihan awarded her the Menkyo Kaiden (complete system teaching certification) for Aiki-Weapons. She became Dojo Cho of Sunset Cliffs Aikido in 1990. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Takemusu Aikido Association. She is a TAA Certified Instructor Trainer.

  Kim Peuser
Kim Peuser, 7th Dan, began training in Aikido at the Aikido Institute Oakland in 1974. He was Chief Instructor at the dojo from 1988-1995 and again from 2002 to 2008. He has trained extensively in California, and under Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th Dan, of the Iwama Dojo in Japan. Peuser Sensei is the on the Board of Directors of Aiki Integrated Arts and is a Director of the Takemusu Aikido Association.

  Paolo Corallini
Paolo Corallini Shihan is the President of Takemusu Aikido Association Italy. He has been studying and teaching Aikido for more than 30 years and was awarded Aikikai 7th dan at Hombu Dojo in Japan in January 2011.

  Aviv Goldsmith
Aviv Goldsmith Sensei, 6th dan, Shidoin Aviv Sensei began studying Aikido in 1975 and has been training Iwama-style since 1986. He was Dojo Cho at Reno Aikido Co-Op in Reno, Nevada, before moving to Virginia in 2002 at the request of the Fredericksburg Aikido Club. He has trained in the Iwama Dojo with Saito Morihiro Shihan and his son, and has hosted Saito Morihiro Shihan several times in Reno. As Dojo Cho of Aikido in Fredericksburg he has developed a 7,200 square foot \\\\\\\"green\\\\\\\" dojo which hosts outstanding seminars and programs. He serves on the boards of the Takemusu Aikido Association and Aiki-Extensions, Inc.

  Dennis Tatoian
Tatoian Sensei started Aikido training with Gozo Shioda Sensei in 1965. In 1969 he was transferred to Sagami-Ono where he trained with Sugawara Sensei and began going to Iwama to train with Saito Sensei, under whom he trained from 1970 - 1977. He translated Volumes Three and Four of Saito Sensei\'s \"Traditional Aikido\" texts. Tatoian Sensei has relocated and opened Aikidojo of Alfonso in the province of Cavite, Philippines.

  Michael O`Quin
O'Quin Sensei has been training for 32 years, including intensive training in Japan at the school where Aikido was founded. He is a direct student of Saito Morihiro Shihan, one of Japan's most senior instructors. In addition, O'Quin Sensei has trained with other senior instructors, both Japanese and American.

  Wolfgang Baumgartner
Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei has studied Aikido under Saito Shihan until Saito Shihan\'s death and holds a 6th degree blackbelt. Baumgartner Sensei works with all levels of students and his unique teaching style makes everyone feel welcome. Aikido is not a means to an end, but a continuing process of learning and personal growth.

  Tony Sargent

  Hiroki Nemoto
Hiroki Nemoto was born on the 23rd of July 1950. Nemoto Sensei started training aikido in 1964 at the age of 14 and he studied for one year with O\\\'Sensei - Morihei Ueshiba - the founder of aikido. Nemoto Sensei then continued to study from 1974 to 2002 for Morihiro Saito Sensei in the Founders dojo in Iwama. He also travelled with Saito Sensei all over the world and has extensive experience in training and teaching aikido. He holds a 6th Dan Aikikai which he received in 1992. He actively teaches in Iwama, Japan, and has an uchideshi program at \\\"Aiki House\\\".

  Tom Collings
Tom Collings Sensei, 6th dan, began aikido in 1973 with Senseis Hagihara and Yamada. After earning his Shodan in 1977 he trained in Japan for 4 years at Aikikai Hombu and Iwama. From 1979–1981 he was uchi and sotodeshi at Iwama attending daily classes of Morihiro Saito Sensei. From 1983 to 1993 he sponsored more than a dozen seminars on Long Island with Iwama sempai. Returned to Iwama on short training trips 1989, 1995, and 2006 and to China 2005 studying Shaolin Chi Qong. His aikido has been influenced and informed by a career as a parole officer in the housing projects and streets of New York City, and daily practice of live blade Yagyu Shingake Ryu Iaido, chi qong, and zen meditation.

  Douglas Dale
Douglas first went to Japan in 1974 as an exchange student from Anitoch College to Waseda University in Tokyo. While studying Japanese art and language he joined an Aikido Club. In 1975 Douglas moved to Shimaneken and became a ceramic apprentice to potter Funaki Sensei. He lived at Temple Mineji and learned 'Oshoujin Ryori' cooking from Hideo Matsuura. He then graduated from Antioch College in 1976 where he majored in ceramics with Karen Shirley and Michael Jones. While cooking with Chef Hiroshi Hayashi at the Seventh Inn he studied yoga and martial arts with Bo in Lee. In 1978 Douglas opened Wolfdale's Restaurant with family. He traveled to the Oakland Aikido Institute in the early 80's to study with Bruce Klickstein, where many of California's future Aikido Senseis were training. In 1985 Wolfgang Baumgartner moved to Tahoe City to establish the first Lake Tahoe Aikido Dojo. Douglas received his Shodan and Nidan under the direct instruction of Wolfgang Sensei. Douglas traveled to Iwama for study with Saito Sensei and took pride in personally cooking for Sensei on many occaisions. Sensei referred to Douglas as 'Cooksan'. As a 5th Dan Aikidoist, Douglas' interest is in enhancing his entire life with the many benefits of living Aikido. Douglas uses Saito Sensei's brilliant teaching approach of basic techniques leading to advanced variations in everything he teaches from Aikido to cooking, skate-skiing and as the Head Coach of the North Tahoe High School J.V. Football program. Douglas has carried on the Iwama tradition at Lake Tahoe Aikido since Wolfgang left in 1992.

  Judith Robinson
Sensei Judith Robinson has twenty-five years of experience in the martial arts. She is a student of Hans Goto Sensei, who was an uchideshi at Iwama, Japan, training under Morihiro Saito Shihan, 9th Dan. She has also trained with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Bill Witt Shihan, Frank Doran Sensei, John Stevens Sensei, and Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei. She holds a fifth degree black belt (godan) in Aikido, a first degree black belt in karate and has also studied wing chun and tai chi. She is a graduate of the Model Mugging Program with certification in both single attacker and weapons disarm.

  McGlone Paul

  Axel Rabenhorst

  Carsten Mielke
Carsten Mielke started Aikido with Jürgen Ebertowski Sensei at Aikikan / Berlin-Kreuzberg in 1993. Since 1998 he was a student of Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei and supported the Aikido Dojo Berlin-Karow for over 12 years. While Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei was not in Berlin, Carsten Mielke managed the Aikido Dojo Berlin-Karow. He trained in Iwama / Japan with Saito Shihan and in Santa Fe / USA with Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei. Since 2005 he is teaching national and international seminars. Carsten Mielke now instructs the Aikido group in the 1. Friedrichshainer Budo Club e.V. in Berlin.

  Herzig Rosmarie
Started Aikido 1983. Got her Shodan 1990 in Iwama under Morihiro Saito Sensei. Visited Iwama 7 times for the Uchideshi-Program. Build up Aikido Ennetbaden in Switzerland since 2005. Her senior Teacher in the TAA is Bernice Tom Sensei.

  Birgid Eberhardt

  Jörg Herwig

  Günter Hackmann

  Gabi Gentschew

  Sandro Lucagnano
4th dan. In 1996 Sandro Lucagnano started studying Aikido in Vittorio Veneto, Italy. When he was 1st Kyu he met Maestro Fausto De Compadri and studied Iwama Ryu. He followed him until his death. After that Wolfgang Baumgartner became his instructor Supervisor. He has participated in about 300 Aikido Seminars in Italy, Germany and California (Lake Tahoe) with Sensei Corallini, De Compadri, Baumgartner, Witt Shihan, Bernice Tom, Aviv Goldsmith, Hans Goto, Hoa Newen, Kim Peuser, Douglas Dale, Deborah Maizels , H. Saito, Tittarelli, Ulf Evenas, Aviotti. Now he is a member of the TAA. He was the organizer of the European Gasshuku 2013 in Italy. Every year Wolfgang Baumgartner is a guest of Aikido Vittorio Veneto. He is teaching since 2003 and from 2008, he practices and teaches Aikido as a volunteer for a center for people with disabilities. He is a recognized Shidoin.

  Joseph Sumalbag
Joseph Sumalbag sensei started Aikido in Manila in 1992. He has more than 20 years of experience in Aikido practicing in different places (in South East Asia, Canada, United States). He received the rank of Sandan from the Aikikai and a certified fukushidoin. He currently serves as a volunteer webmaster for the TAA. He is a recognized Shidoin.

  Andrea Lembo
.Andrea Lembo,began studying judo in 1966 in Rome,Italy. From 1974 to 1977 I joned with sports group FFOO of the Italian Police and became referee in competitions. In 1976 I met Elena Gabrielli sensei, now 6 dan Aikikai, in Rome and I started practicing Aikido. I partecipated in about 700 aikido seminars around the world with senseis Tata Hiroshi,Kawamukai Kishomaru and Moriteru Ueshiba Doshus, Hosokawa, Tamura, Kanai, Yamada, Chiba, Fujimoto, Tissier, Gottard, Asai, Masatomi and Hiroshi Ikeda, Fujita and many more. After my first encounter with Corallini shihan and Saito shihan I chose my aikido school and since then I followed seminars with Iwama style sensei\\\'s Corallini shihan, De Compadri, Baumgartner, Witt shihan, H. Saito, Hiroshi Nemoto, Hirosawa,Tittarelli,Ulf Evenas shihan, Aviotti, Toutain,Weisgard, Hisoyama shihan,Inagaki, ect. .. Now i am member of TAA and my dojo is in Rome Italy. I practice aikido only for the joy it makes me feel. He is a recognized Shidoin.

  Jeff Martin
3rd dan, Fukushidoin

  Brian Hill
4th dan

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  Daniel Brasse
Daniel Brasse comes from a clear lineage in the tradition of Aikido training. He was first introduced to martial arts at age 12; he was exposed to various styles of Karate during his early years of training, but mostly focused on Shotokan Karate. Daniel first studied Aikido in Melbourne Australia with Michael Field Sensei, head of Iwama Ryu Aikido in Australia. Field Sensei studied Aikido under Morihiro Saito Shihan 9th Dan Aikikai, while living in Japan at the Aikido Founder’s dojo in Iwama, Japan between1979 -1982. Morihiro Saito Shihan served his mentor, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, for 24 years as a direct disciple. Daniel has had extended stays as a live-in student at the Aikido Founder’s dojo in Iwama; he still travels regularly to the Iwama dojo. He began instructing in 1998 and was in charge of one of the Field Aikido branches in Melbourne, Australia. He moved to San Francisco with his wife in 2002, and opened his Aikido school ‘Aikido by the Bay’. Daniel continues his commitment to teaching and disseminating Aikido in the same traditional way at taught at the Founder’s Dojo in Iwama, Japan. During his 25-year professional career, Daniel has held positions in both Law Enforcement and in Corporate Security. During that time he had many opportunities to apply his martial arts skills and experience during real life events to resolve conflict in tense situations.

  Shigemi Inagaki
Shigemi Inagaki Shihan, 8th dan, was born and raised in Iwama. He became a student of the Aikido Founder, Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei, in 1958. After graduating from Nihon University in Tokyo in 1969, Inagaki Sensei spent 2½ years in the Iwama Dojo as Uchideshi under Morihiro Saito Shihan. Inagaki Sensei is featured as Saito Sensei’s weapons training partner in the book series ”Traditonal Aikido” together with the films Saito Sensei released in the early 1970s. He travelled with Saito Sensei to USA in the 1970s, in the 80s he often taught in Hawaii. Inagaki Sensei is the General Manager of, and a teacher in the Ibaraki Shibu Dojo.

  fabian horn
FABIAN “Thor” HORN SENSEI - IV DAN AIKIKAI Started Aikido in 1994 and is now the Dojo Cho of the Aiki-Dojo Augsburg, Germany, where has been teaching regularly since 2003. Wolfgang Sensei has been his supervising instructor all this time, has taken all exams with him (last was yondan)

  Julian Shay
Julian Shay started Aikido as a student of Sonoma State University in the Spring of 2002. To supplement the Kinesiology class there, he chartered an Aikido sports club and led a number of students to dan ranks while training on campus with Kennedy Sensei. He was also (uchi deshi) a live-in student near campus and trained at Dennis Tatoian Sensei’s dojo in Rohnert Park, CA. He currently teaches Kinesiology 101:Aikido at the University and remains committed to preserving the techniques of the founder as taught by his loyal servant Morihiro Saito Shihan through a partnership with the University and Traditional Aikido of Sonoma County.

  Steve Kanney

  Christopher Picardo

  Norm Primmer

  Barry Tuchfeld

  Bruce Williams

  Bill Smythe

  Tom Rennie

  michele alessi
he teach in viterbo italy dojo cho aiki shuren dojo viterbo he id fukushidoin

  fabio ramazzin
dojo cho ai ki ryu near milano italy

  Christopher Field
Dojo Cho, Austin Iwama Aikido, Austin, TX. Christopher Field Sensei (5th Dan) began his training with David Alexander Sensei in the early 1990s in Westlake Village, California. After Alexander Sensei’s retirement, Field Sensei became the Technical Director of Westlake Village Aikido where he continued to teach until moving to Austin, Texas. In 2010, Field Sensei founded Austin Iwama Aikido. Field Sensei feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with many of Aikido’s top instructors including Morihiro Saito, Hiroshi Isoyama, Shigemi Inagaki, Robert Koga, and all the fabulous teachers in the TAA.

  michele alessi
aiki shuren dojo cho viterbo italy

  fabio ramazzin
dojo cho italy 4 dan aikikai