Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lies about Knife Fighting by Marc MacYoung

So the research on the knife continues. A lot of beautiful exchanges and drills are shaping up around the dojo. It surprises me how in a just a few short weeks everyone is quickly adjusting to the new challenges of concentrated knife work.

I am fueling the tanto study mostly through the Tomiki 17 kata, but systema, kali, silat and a pot pourri of other influences are creeping in. At this point I make no other claims about the work we are doing other than it is a great way to work principles with a different set of factors.

Nick Ushin Lowry posted this link on his facebook. Well worth the read. In the somewhat lengthy article MacYoung describes some of the problems as he sees it with many martial knife systems. While i do not see this work as biblical knife cannon, I do see it as a useful tool to help balance the mentality of how I shape my practice.

(P.S. I made it to the range this weekend, and I love .22 magnum ammunition)

Lies about knife fighting

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I have been trying to get some cutting practice in. It is different than I thought. I constantly use too much power and over-extension. I highly recommend this practice to anyone who train in the sword arts.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rethinking Kyudo

When lived in Japan I had some brief training in archery, Kyudo. Here is Austin Texas there is a wonderful teacher at the Shambala meditation center teaching classes in traditional kyudo. I attended a handful of sessions with him. While I enjoyed the lessons and I loved the weapon, I found something lacking. You see in kyudo there is a lot of talk about the shot not being important. In the club here in town, all the lessons are firing into a straw bail just a few feet away. The emphasis is on the meditation. The message is that there is a dignity in the bow and such concepts as speed, accuracy, range and power are not addressed. The tradition I trained in does not even want to be thought of as a martial art, they are a meditation group.

I love and honor the modern expression of the art of kyudo. It is as wonderfully complex as the tea ceremony. I see the wisdom in their thinking and ways. I however am a budo man. I wish to learn more of the traditions of kyudo, but my true goal is something different. I am budoka and my Zen is the meditation in the pursuit of hitting a mark. Efficient, smooth and powerful motion is what seek with the bow. I want to play the bow like a deadly instrument and relish in the jazz that flows from arrows flying through space.

Today, like all days now, I shot the bow. First I work on technique. I shoot arrows for accuracy, with ever increasing range. Then I see how fast I can fire 10 arrows and still have the technique to hit the target from close range. I walked briskly and fired the bow while on the move. I worked on facing opposite the target then I turned and shot. I fired the bow while walking towards the target, and retreating from the target. You will never find these methods practiced in a modern kyudo dojo. I bet samurai archers who fought with the bow trained far different than the modern artists do.

I appreciate the traditional, but often I desire training outside the parameters of traditional thinking and practice. I personally seek samurai archery - battle and hunting archery. The zen evolves through a habit of striving for martial perfection. In my art meditation need not be the primary goal. It happens naturally with every practice. I do not want a non-martial version. I seek the martial archery. In my humble opinion the bow is a weapon, not a meditation pillow. I seek to honor it as such.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The difficulties of a knife program

Let's face it martial artists, fighting is really hard. Our art essentially is a series of games with rules to let us work on the principles we see as valuable in conflict. But when it comes down to it, I do not go to the dojo to fight. I go to the dojo, in case I ever find myself in a bad situation I will have some tools to protect self and others. All martial arts run under a system of rules and assumptions. Because as Tomiki Sensei once wrote, "martial arts without rules is just violence."

As some of my readers, teachers and students might know I am currently engaged in training around the concept of finding aiki in tanto jujutsu. It is a shift in thinking from the typical aikido and judo throw-is-goal mentality. I have watched the array of art forms practice with knives. There is some great stuff out there, and predictably there is a lot of work that is incomplete.

I would like to start looking at the problems surrounding knife work. The first problem is that knife fighting is difficult.

I would like to take a look at two art forms today.

The first is a Russian group calling themselves tanto jutsu. They look karate based, or at least atemi based system of fighting. They have knife competitions to add to their striking. It looks to be a dizzying brutal affair. These guys don't mess about. The initial engagement looks like power cuts from a fencing style model. There is some interception with strikes and some grappling.

After watching this, we see how unclean the lines are in engagements. Things get pretty wild real fast. The one thing about this video to consider is that they are all matched opponents for a contest. They know the rules and have certain expectations from their opponents abilities. Also, while I am sure they are not looking forward to getting hit, there likely is not the fear associated with real blades. An interesting case study anyhow.

The second clip illustrating the difficulty of knife work comes from my own beloved art of Tomiki Aikido. Some branches of Tomiki Aikido are known for having a sporting competition as part of their training. It typically looks like a man getting battered by another man holding a pickle. The assault continues for 3-5 minutes with the knifeless man getting cut 100 or so times. However there are very specific rules about how the knife attacker can score points, so most of these cuts are ignored. After getting murderd for a while, the man getting stabbed might get a riough and tumble variation on a judo throw, and everyone tumbles to the floor.

I am not a big fan of this kind of training, but by no means does it look easy. Again we have two trained competitors squaring off, knowing the specific rules and capabilities of the other person.

Needless to say, developing the training and skills to successfully deal with such a difficult situation will be a challenge. The moral of the story, knife fighting looks hard, never get into one. It looks like a a good training challenge though.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Some hot knife work

I have been deep in meditation on the problems that knife work. I have been sorely disappointed with the kata work of judo and aikido. It does not mean that the answers for the aiki of knife work are not out there, they just might come from a different school of thinking. I bumped into this video on my search, and I think this guy would probably best me in a knife engagement.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Aiki in Knife stripping

I think the systema guys are doing good aiki work with the knives.

Friday, November 12, 2010

List of Dojos with Tomiki roots in U.S.A.

There is no single list of all the Tomiki lineage dojos on the United States (till now). It is has been quite a hard task putting this list together. It is invariably incorrect with many details. Many of the dojos have stylistically drifted and changes in the 30 years since Tomiki's passing. Some even no longer call their style a Tomiki style. My qualifier to make it on the list is that school or organization has roots in the teaching methods of Kano, Ueshiba, Tomiki, and Ohba.

Please write with any thoughts,changes,additions or add it to the comments box below it. Last Update - November 2010

Numbers of Dojos in Organizations (A few dojos are in multiple organizations)

This section is incredibly inaccurate. There have been a great many political shifts in the past few years in American Tomiki Aikido and it is impossible to track until organizations update their websites.

7 ATAA (American Tomiki Aikido Association)
13 Jiyushinkai
14 Aikido America International
21 Kaze Uta BudoKai (not yet posted all)
28 TAA (Tomiki Aikido of the Americas) formally JAA
51 Fugakakai (might be old information) added members up to New York
2 International Aikido Alliance (maybe 8)
? Zan-totsu Kai (NW group that I currently have no information on)

Top 3 Tomiki States

19 dojos Oklahoma
18 dojos Texas
12 dojos Ohio

Number of dojos on list


The Dojos


Kumayama Dojo *American Tomiki Aikido Association*
Frankie Canant, 6th Dan Aikido
Hueytown, AL
Phone: (205) 497-3151

Onami Dojo *American Tomiki Aikido Association*
Johnathan Mayhall, Rokudan
Jasper, Alabama

Kurokawa Dojo *American Tomiki Aikido Association*
Beau Burchfield
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Henry Copeland Aikido & Jyodo *Fugakukai*
Henry Copeland, Aikido 8th Dan
2005 Alpine Drive; Florence, Alabama
Phone: (205) 766-6939


Crow Mountain Dojo *Fugakukai*
Dan Martin Aikido 6th dan
Russellville, Arkansas 72802
Phone: (479) 890-0033

The Thicket Aikido Dojo *Fugakukai*
Vicki Goodman 1st dan
Brinkley, Arkansas
Phone: (870) 589-0263

Monticello Aikido Club *Fugakukai*
Robert Kersten Aikido 2nd Dan
256 Mason Hill Road; Monticello, Arkansas 71655
Phone: (870) 853-2320

Monticello Aikido Club *Fugakukai*
Kavan Dodson Aikido 2nd Dan
UAM Wesley Foundation; Monticello, Arkansas 71655

Peder Jensen, 7th Dan Aikido
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 590-2788

Vernon Dutton, 4th Dan Aikido
Phone: (501) 223-3724

Triangle Aikido Club *Tomiki Aikido of the Americas*
Impact Martial Arts
Ed Mink
16 W Township Fayetteville, AR 72703

Conway Aikido *Fugakukai*
Jason Brantley Aikido 2nd Dan
566 Hwy 64 E; Conway, Arkansas 72032
Phone: (501) 733-5412

Little Rock Athletic Club - Aikido *Fugakukai*
Gary Moore, Aikido 4th Dan
Little Rock, Arkansas


Renshinkan *Jiyushinkai*
Charlie Atkinson Instructor
Michael Hacker Instructor
415 S. McClintock Rd #7
Tempe, AZ 85281-2250
Phone: (480) 968-6646 Dojo

Mushin Aikido Dojo *Tomiki Aikido of the Americas*
In Step School of Dance
Tom Manfredi, 4th Dan
340 W. Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Arizona Aikido Clubs *Fugakukai*
Saul Alverez, Phillip Norrell 3rd Dan
Wickenburg and Yuma
Phone: (520) 684-5529 or (520) 783-5160
E-Mail: or


Aishinkan *Jiyushinkai*
Marc Fox, Chief Instructor
PO Box 2292
Alpine, CA 91903
Phone: (619) 445-5968

Shakokan *Jiyushinkai*
Toby Hill, Chief Instructor
2745 Waltrip Lane
Concord, CA 94518
Phone: (925) 798-1111

Pacific Tomiki Aikido *Aikido America International*
Instructor: Marc Kantorow
Los Angeles, California

Bat Area Shodokan *T.A.A.*
Warren Pottebaum, 3rd Dan
Ash Morgan, 3rd Dan
Berkeley, CA (see website for locations)

Intel Santa Clara Aikido *T.A.A.*
Shane Branch 1st Dan
Santa Clara, CA

Univ. of California San Diego Tomiki Aikido Club *T.A.A.*
Bob Dziubla, 7th Dan
UCSD main gym (next to Natatorium and outdoor basketball courts)

USC Shodokan
Mark Colopy
USC Campus

Ted Miller Aikido *Fugakukai*
Ted Miller
San Diego, Ca
Phone: (619) 725-3629 and (858) 457-4431


Colorado Shodokan Aikido *T.A.A.*
Dave Nettles, 6th Dan
Alpine Cheer, 18850 Clarke Rd
Parker, CO

DBT Aikido *T.A.A.*
Ron Abo, 5th Dan
Denver Buddhist Temple Gym, 1947 Lawrence St
Denver, CO

Colorado Aikido *Fugakukai*
Mary Steffeck, Aikido 6th Dan
Aurora, Colorado
Phone: (303) 424-1457

Mark Owens, 5th Dan Aikido
Castle Rock, CO
Phone: (303) 589-3456

Hyland Hills Tomiki Aikido *T.A.A.*
Seiji Tanaka, 8th Dan
9165 Lowell
Westminster, CO

Atlantic Aikido
Brian Sutherland 5th dan
1750 30th st, Boulder, CO, 80309
(303) 819-6456


Central Connecticut Tomiki Aikido Club
Tiffany Doan, 2nd Dan
Kaiser Hall "Bubble"
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT


Mushindo Dojo *Fugakukai*
John LaCorte, Aikido 4th Dan
Sebastian, Florida
Phone: (772) 539-1906

Vero Beach Aikido *Fugakukai*
Kevin J. Anderson, Aikido 5th Dan
Vero Beach, Florida
Phone: (772) 559-8193

Martial Arts of Jupiter
Jerry Dooley, Judy Shedd, Mike Exizian
Jupiter, FL
Phone: (561) 744-9025 home, (561) 747-5717 dojo

Ken Nin Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
Jim Hanna, Chief Instructor
Steven Bonett, Asst. Instructor
World Martial Arts Center
6020 NW 4th Place, Suite "G"
Gainesville, Florida 32607
Phone: (352) 375-4348

West Coast Aikikai *Jiyushinkai*
Jim Hanna, Chief Instructor
208 43rd Street Blvd N.E.
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone:(941) 745-2919

Dharmakaya Aikido *Fugakakai*
Charles M. Crist Aikido 2nd Dan
481 Rio Grande Way; Poinciana, Florida 34759
Phone: (321) 746-9811

Ohrikai Dojo *Fugakukai#
Tim Dudley, Aikido 6th Dan
4020 42nd Street; Sarasota, Florida 34235
Phone: (941) 426-7675

Biscayne Park Aikido Club *International Aikido Alliance*
Ron Gotlin, Aikido 6th dan
Susan Gotlin, 6th Dan
Ed Burke Recreation Center
11400 NE 9th Court
Biscayne Park, Florida 33161
Phone: (305) 945 - 7863

Tampa Judo and Aikido Dojo
Phil Van Treese, Aikido 7h dan
1005 W. Busch Blvd (Chamberlain Square)
Tampa, Florida
Phone: 813-892-5317 or 813-968-7647


Chicago Jiyushinkai Aikibudo *Jiyushinkai??*
Vladimir Stoyanov, Chief Instructor
Arlington Heights, IL

American Aikido Society *T.A.A.*
Gary Wyshel, Mike Walters
Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave
Chicago, IL

New City Aikido *T.A.A.*
Stan Nevin, 5th Dan
Chicago, IL


Yobushin Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
Paul Smith, Chief Instructor
7487 N. John Young Rd
Unionville, IN 47468
Phone: (812) 336-8036

Aikido club of Lafeyette
Not a tomiki school but they have a Tomiki kata 15 study group
Thomas Burdine
111 South 7th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
(765) 423-1962


Walter Lee, 5th Dan Aikido
Wichita, KS
Phone: (316) 978-6139


Gentle Wind Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
Denzil Miracle, Chief Instructor
11153 Muriel
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: (225) 272-8500

Mokurin Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
Shane Mokry, Dojo cho
1430 W. Elm St. Suite B
PO Box 698
Jena, LA 71342
Phone: (318) 992-8045

Shodokan of New Orleans
I cannot find information about this dojo
I did find a youtube site

New Wind Dojo *Fugakukai*
Chainn Gahagan, Aikido 2nd Dan
301 Memorial Drive; Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: (318) 255-4291 or (318) 280-0841

West Monroe Aikido *Fugakukai*
Steve Horne, Aikido 4th Dan
5709 New Natchitoches; W. Monroe, LA 71292
Phone: (318) 255-4291 or (318) 280-0841


Aikido - Baltimore Tomiki Center *Aikido America International*
Frank Faris
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone: 410-727-5457

Atlantic Martial Arts *Aikido America International*
Jeff Mims Aikido 2nd dan
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone: 410-944-1559

Catonsville Aikido Club *Aikido America International*
Dean Clarke
Catonsville, Maryland
Phone: 410-747-5779

Chesapeake Aikido Club *Aikido America International*
Richard Kelley, Glenn Beaumann, Ray Mack
Arnold, Maryland
Phone: 410-360-1328

Columbia Aikido & Judo Club *Aikido America International*
Dr. Yoji Kondo
Columbia, Maryland
Phone: 410-730-6744

Loyola College Aikido Dojo *Aikido America International*
Bert Graham
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone: 410-435-6871

Aikido of Maryland *Fugakukai*
Roma Strathman, Aikido 7th Dann
College Park, Maryland
Phone: (301) 441-2647

Towson Aikido Dojo *Aikido America International*
Brian Sutherland, Bert Graham
Towson, Maryland
Phone: 410-435-6871


Uptown Aikido *Fugakukai*
Deanna Newman, Aikido 5th Dan
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Phone: (612) 377-2154


Mississippi State University Aikido Club
Dr. John Usher, Aikido 6th Dan
Starkville, Mississippi
Phone: (662) 325-7624

Mokuren Dojo
Patrick Parker, Aikido 6th Dan
Magnolia, Mississippi
Phone: (601) 248-7282

Dallas Lloyd, 2nd Dan Aikido
Longbeach, MS
Phone: (228) 871-7003

New Hampshire

Manchester YMCA Aikido Club *Aikido America International*
Manchester, New Hampshire
Instructor: Ben Duggar

New Jersey

New Jersey Shodokan *TAA*
Ari Reinstein, 3rd Dan
Sussex County YMCA
15 Wits End Road
Hardyston, NJ

New Mexico

New Mexico Aikido Club *Fugakukai*
Robert Romero, Aikido 6th Dan
Espanola, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 753-1892 or (505) 747-2285 (Gym)

New York

Kinetic Symmetry Aikido *Fugakukai*
Nicholas George, Aikido 6th Dan
Hudson Falls, NY
Phone: (518) 926-8688

CNY Tomiki Aikido *Fugakukai*
Dan McCarthy, Aikido 3rd Dan
4936 TinderBox Circle; Manlius, NY
Phone: (315) 682-0825

Tomiki Ronin *TAA*
Manny Vargas, 5th Dan

Vassar College Aikido *TAA*
Sean Flynn, 3rd Dan
Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave, #424
Poughkeepsie, NY

Yama Arashi Dojo *TAA*
Alex Izaguirre, 2nd Dan
200 Hamilton Ave. Suite 15 B
White Plains, NY

North Carolina

Asheville Aikido *Fugakukai*
David Russell, Aikido 6th Dan
Asheville, NC
Phone: (828) 628-0462

Raleigh Aikido Club *Aikido America International*
Jason Koch
Green Road Community Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Phone: 919-694-4919

UNC at Chapel Hill *Aikido America International*
Erik Townsend
UNC Fetzer Gym, Chapel Hill, NC
Phone: 919-622-4928

Winston-Salem Aikido *Aikido America International*
Brian Wright
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


David Szerensci - Aikido
David Szerensci, Aikido 5th Dan
Richfield, Ohio
Phone: (216) 659-6985

Massillon Aikido Academy
John Brown, 3rd Dan Aikido
Massilon, OH
Phone: (330) 833-2396
Email: sandan1@ibm,net

Black Walnut Dojo *TAA*
Bob King, 5th Dan
1342 US Highway 42
Ashland, OH

Churchill Aikido Club *TAA*
Michael Gelum
189 Churchill-Hubbard Rd
Liberty, OH

Warren Budokan/Academy of Arts and Humanities *TAA*
Michael Gelum
261 Elm Road
Warren, OH 44483

Warren Budokan - Shizuka na Arashi Aikido Dojo *TAA*
Michael Gelum
1549 Transylvania
Warren, OH

Crossroads Aikido *TAA*
Keith Sigler
Vandalia Parks and Recreation
Vandalia, OH

CSM Aikido *TAA*
Wade Current, 5th Dan
12475 State Route 29
Conover, OH

Just This Aikido *TAA*
Moe Stevens, 6th Dan
The Mojo, 1470 Hiner Rd
Orient, OH

KCW Aikido Club *TAA*
Carol Apple, 5th Dan
Butler H.S. Student Athletic Center, 600 S. Dixie Dr
Vandalia, OH

Mansfield Aikido Club *TAA*
Scott Calderhead, 5th Dan
Sensei Bob King, 5th Dan
Mansfield YMCA, 750 Scholl Rd
Mansfield, OH

Piqua Tomiki Aikido *TAA*
Steve Wood, 6th Dan
Miami County YMCA, 223 West High St
Piqua, OH


Windsong Dojo *Kaze Uta Budo Kai*
Nick Lowry, Aikido 8th, Judo 8th, Jyodo 8th
Oklahoma City, OK
phone: (405) 943-6246

Autumn Wind Dojo
Jason Junkens, 5th Dan Aikido
Tahlequah, OK
Phone: (918) 633-4219

Charles Corey - Aikido
Charles Corey, Aikido 6th Dan
Edmond, Oklahoma
Phone: (405) 340-7918

Shobu Aiki Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
920 W. Britton Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
David Martin (5th dan)

Elk City Aikido Club
Paul Firth, Aikido 2nd Dan
Elk City, Oklahoma
Phone: (580) 821-1202

Hikari Aikido Dojo
Will Gable, Aikido 8th Dan
Edmond, Oklahoma
Phone: (405) 495-8128

Lawton Aikido
George K. Spriggs, Aikido 6th Dan
Lawton, OK
Phone: (580) 536-3697

Mountain Spirit Dojo
Mike Lewis, Aikido 2nd Dan
Claremore, Oklahoma
Phone: (918) 740-2958

Stepwaters Dojo *Kaze Uta Budo* Kai
Jack Burdett, Aikido 4th Dan
Norman, OK
Phone: (405) 364-0966

Rafael Nerris, 4th Dan Aikido
Lawton, OK
Phone: (580) 353-7955

Wes Griffee, 3rd Dan Aikido
Phone: (580) 510-0309

Preston Rash, 1st Dan Aikido
Stilwater, OK
Phone (405) 747-6444

Ed Cunliff
Edmond, OK
Phone (405) 341-2926

Shadow Mountain Dojo
Jimmy Jones, 5th Dan Aikido
Claremore, OK
Phone: (918) 344-0938

Chuck Rowden, 3rd Dan Aikido
Claremore, OK
Phone: (918) 343-1393

Bruce Selby, 3rd Dan Aikido
Enid, OK
Phone: (580) 242-3356

Tulsa Tomiki Aikido Club *TAA*
Dave Axe
111th and Memorial
Tulsa, OK

Tulsa Tomiki Aikido and Jujitsu *TAA*
William Sharp, 3rd Dan
8190 South Memorial
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Lawton Aikido Club
J.W. Bode
Lawton Oklahoma


Portland Jiyushinkai Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
8440 SE 55th Ave
Portland, OR 97206
Steve Duncan, Chief Instructor
Yoko Sato, Instructor


Philadelphia Judo and Aikido
John J. Disimone, 4th Dan
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 888-4354

Aikido of Pennsylvania *TAA*
David Thorne
Wayne, PA


Red Dragon Martial Arts Center
John Kirby, Aikido 5th Dan
Jefferson City, TN
Phone: (865) 475-8510


Clif Norgaard
Clif Norgaard, Aikido 9th Dan
Phone: (956) 793-1896

Kitae Dojo (Houston) *Jiyushinkai*
Denis Dorris
Phone: (281) 364-0531

Clear Creek Aikido *American Tomiki Aikido Association*
Tim Cleghorn
Clear Creek Aikido
11419 Hall Road
Houston, Tx

Charles Harris Tae Kwon Do & Aikido
32932 Katy Freeway Suite 106
(Mason Creek Business Park)
Katy, Texas 77450

Ray Williams *Aikido America International*
League City, TX
Phone: 281-338-4668

Aikibudokan *International Aikido Alliance*
L.F. Wilkinson 8th dan
Crown Door Business Park
5701 Bingle Road (at 290), Suite B - 101
Houston, Texas 77092-2155

Full Circle Aikido *American Tomiki Aikido Association*
Jeff and Gail Duncan, Aikido 3rd dan
2707 Poage Circle
Killeen Tx 76543

Dallas Aikido Club
Mark Morgan, Aikido 6th Dan
Dallas, Texas
Phone: (972) 396-1438

Jita Kyoei Dojo *Jiyushinkai*
Chamberlain Studios of Self-Defense
Bill Parker, Aikido 4th dan
2739 Bachman Drive
Dallas, TX 75220
phone: 214-351-5367

Denton Aikido Club *Kaze Uta Budo Kai*
Jack Bieler, 7th Dan Aikido
Denton, Texas
Phone: (940) 382-0780

Karl Geis Judo School, Inc.*Fugakukai*
Karl Geis, Aikido 10th Dan
Houston, Texas 77080-7611
Phone: (713) 468-4879

Robert Graham - Aikido
Robert Graham, Aikido 4th Dan
Pottsboro, Texas
Phone: (903) 786-2715

Kihara Budo System *Fugakukai*
Rianard Jackson, Aikido 7th Dan
Corpus Christi, Texas
Phone: (512) 882-9655

Tim Joe's School Judo-Aikido *Fugakukai*
Tim Joe, Aikido 9th Dan
Amarillo, Texas
Phone: (806) 353-1011

Weatherford Aikido Club
Robert Himes, Aikido 2nd Dan,
Nathan Himes, Aikido 2nd Dan
Weatherford, TX
Phone: Robert (817) 374-3368;
Nathan (817) 565-7452

Galvan's Martial Arts
Emmanuel Galvan, Aikido 1st Dan
Brownsville, TX
(956) 504-5566

KyuRyu AikiBudo *Kaze Uta Budo Kai* *A.T.A.A.*
(South Austin)
Eric Pearson, 4th Dan Aikido
Glen "Scooter" Dembowski, 1st dan Aikido
Austin, TX
(512) 947-9585

Austin Center For Martial Arts or Austin Budokan
(I-35 and 51st)
Zdenek Matl, 9th dan Judo
Eric Pearson, 4th Dan Aikido
Austin, TX
(512) 947-9585

Aikibudo Dojo
Russell Waddell, 6th dan Aikido
1128 W. Main
Lewisville, Texas 75067

Bonsai Dojo *Kaze Uta Budo Kai*
James Bedwell, Aikido 5th Dan
Shelby Bedwell, Aikido 2nd Dan
Arlington, TX
Phone: (817) 563-6769


David Sipe, 1st Dan Aikido
Anacortes, WA
Phone:(360) 395-5829

Jiyushinkan *Jiyushinkai*
Monroe, WA
Aaron Clark, Dojocho Aikido 6th dan
C. Clark, Chief Instructor Aikido 8th dan
Phone: (360) 863-2627

West Virginia

Almost Heaven Aikido/Judo Academy
John C. Allen, 8th Dan Aikido
Parkersburg, WV
Phone: (304) 991-2150

The Tomiki Aikido Club of West Virginia University
*Aikido America International*
Dr. Marc Kantorow
Morgantown, West Virginia
Phone: 304-293-5201, ext 2557

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Yamada Senta Sensei

It is with deep sadness and regret to announce the passing of, Senta Yamada Sensei, who died at 5pm on the 8th August 2010, after battling with Pancreatic Cancer. His daughter, Tomiko, was at his bedside, lovingly nursing him throughout his illness. He was 86 years old. John & Pepi Waite........., Peter Martin and Adrian Walters, managed to visit Yamada sensei a few times during their visit to Fukuoka and although he was in too much pain to speak they did manage to obtain recognition from him by the way he smiled and held their hands.He will be greatly missed by all his Family and many, many Friends worldwide.The funeral will be held on Thursday the 12th of August.