Archives for January 2021

2021 New Year’s Promotions By Recommendations

The following list comprises the 2021 New Year’s promotions by recommendation for 5th, 6th and 7th dan, and Shihan. Congratulations to all! 

The recently posted list by Aikikai can be found here: Click Here


  • Kenneth Cadogan – Aikido of Chester County
  • Aaron Cass – Portsmouth Aikido
  • Jorge Del Castillo – Florida Aikikai
  • Robert Lewis Clark – Kitsap Aikido
  • Larry DeCarmine – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Neal Earhart – Aikido of Westchester
  • Graham Fraser – Mount Saint Vincent Aikikai
  • Arnold Gentile – Albany Aikido
  • Michael Hannoyer – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Daniel Hayes – Chushin Aikikai
  • Victor Hung – Aikido of Colorado
  • Alan Jackson – Mt Pleasant Aikido
  • Raymond Kohl –  Midwest Aikido Center
  • Wendy Rusch Kopka – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Chris Mills – Island Aikido
  • Octavia (Tabi) Pereyra – Florida Aikikai
  • Keith Pray – Albany Aikido
  • Gustavo Rearte – South Bay Aikikai
  • Benjamin Silver – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • James Sinnott – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Donald Slater – Georgia Southern University Aikido Club


  • Timothy Antrim – Southside Aikido
  • Ty Barker – Portland Aikikai
  • Robert Crowell – Knoxville Aikikai
  • Ray Feliciano – Pasadena Aikikai
  • Bryan Golden – Woodstock Aikido
  • Jack Hayes – Aikido Cedar Rapids
  • Sharon Henn-Kanai – New England Aikikai
  • Alesia Kunz – San Francisco Aikikai
  • Ralph Legnini – Woodstock Aikido
  • Michael Martin – Capitol Hill Aikikai
  • William McLuskie – Water Oak Aikikai
  • Lynne Morrison – Florida Aikikai
  • Charles Renner – Springfield Aikido Club
  • Jayne Thompson – Aikido Cedar Rapids
  • Joseph Verville – San Francisco Aikikai
  • Robert Ward – Aikido of Prescott
  • Kenneth Yamazaki – New York Eastside Aikikai


  • Penny Bernath – Florida Aikikai
  • David Birt – Davis Aikikai
  • Yukiko Katagiri – Cornell Aikido Club
  • Steven Kaufmann – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Grady Lane – Brevard Aikikai
  • Larry Levitt – Valley Aikido
  • Joseph Nemeth – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Collins Smith – Bermuda Aikikai
  • William Xavier Staub – Waianae Coast Aikido
  • Geraldine Louise Tremblay Waianae Coast Aikido
  • Richard Wagener – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Frank Wong Loi Sing – Aikido Curacao


  • Damon Apodaca – Santa Fe Budokan
  • Patrick Hardesty – Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Alicia Cordero Hardesty – Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Stephan Jesberger – Mohawk Valley Aikido
  • Brian Mizerak – Woodstock Aikido
  • Daniel Palmer  – Asheville Aikikai
  • Gail Skinner – Aikido of the Canyon Lands

Sale of Harvey Konigsberg Print to Benefit NY Aikikai

Harvey Konigsberg has created a new print, O-Sensei with Sword, a 16″ x 20″ archival print, hand-signed limited edition of 450 on 100% cotton canvas. The print will not be stretched, giving the donor the option of stretching or framing it themselves. All the proceeds from the sale of the first 50 prints minus the cost of production will be donated to the New York Aikikai. The first 50 prints are available for the special price of $145 (regular price $375.) Shipping is free. Custom sizes available.


Special First Class of 2021 Features Teen Instructor! Jan 9!

Happy New Year!

We are excited to invite you to the start of the 2021 USAF Aikido For Kids Online Class series featuring our first teen instructor, Julia L. from Aikido of Santa Barbara on Saturday, January 9 at 1 pm EDT (12 pm CDT / 10 am PDT). As many aikido youth classes have flourished through the years, those who start young find themselves with years of experience by the time they are teenagers. Advancing through their belts, they often become class helpers and role models, emerging as a vital part of a dojo’s children’s program. We are excited to launch an introduction to this young generation of aikidoka through this online series.

Join the Zoom Class, January 9 at 1 pm EDT:

This class will be available ONLY on Zoom. Please invite your friends and students and anyone you think would be interested.

Thank you to those who joined a class in 2020. We appreciate your participation and support, and look forward to many more classes together in 2021!

See you online! 


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