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.

  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.

  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.

  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\\\".

  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.

  Birgid Eberhardt

  Jörg Herwig

  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 25 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
Chief Instructor, Takemusu Ibaraki Dojo, Rome, Italy Andrea Lembo Sensei began studying judo in 1966 in Rome . From 1974 to 1977 He joined with the sports group FFOO of the Italian Police and became referee in competitions. In 1976 he met Elena Gabrielli sensei, now 6 dan Aikikai, in Rome and started practicing Aikido. After his first encounter with Cor allini S hihan and Saito S hihan he chose his aikid o school and since then followed training with Iwama style sensei s including : Corallini S hihan, De Compadri, Baumgartner, Witt Shihan, H. Saito, Hiroshi Nemoto, Hirosawa, Tittarelli, Ulf Evenas Shihan, Aviotti, Toutain, Weisgard, I soya ma Shihan, and Inagak i Shihan . Now he is a member of TAA and his dojo is in Rome Italy. Lembo Sensei says “I practice aikido only for the joy it makes me feel ”. He is a recognized Shidon

  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)

  Tom Collings

  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

  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