Summer Camp Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2014 USAF Summer Camp are now being accepted.  Because of the generous donations and success of the 2013 Summer Camp Raffle, there are 24 scholarships available this year.
Click here to access the form .
The DEADLINE for application submissions is May 1, 2014 and winners will be announced by May 5, 2014.   If you are applying for a scholarship, you are still encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible.  Scholarships ONLY cover the Aikido portion of Camp Packages (full or 1⁄2 week). Scholarship recipients are responsible for paying their travel, food and hotel expenses.  Please read the application thoroughly before proceeding.


Summer Camp Is Now Open For Registration

Once again, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, located at 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey USA, will be the venue for the 2014 USAF Summer Camp beginning Sunday, July 27th and ending Saturday, August 2nd. To accommodate Aikido camp participants and their family and friends, the hotel has blocked off a number of rooms at a discounted rate, including a very limited number of rooms for arrival prior to camp on Saturday, July 26th.

You are encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible because of the large turnout expected due to Yamada Sensei’s 50th anniversary celebration. Although you will have to pay in full for your Camp Package at the time of registration, you will not incur charges for your hotel reservation until your actual stay. DEADLINE for registration is Friday, June 20th but the blocked off USAF discounted hotel rooms may be fully occupied prior to the DEADLINE.

For more information and to proceed with your registration, click here

We look forward to seeing you at camp!


Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

2014 Summer Camp Preview

The registration process for the 2014 USAF Summer Camp is almost complete and the projected launch date is coming soon.To help you plan for this event, here is some information you will need to consider (more info/details will follow once summer camp registration is online).

Location:  Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, 401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey USA

Dates:  Sunday, July 27th – Saturday, August 2nd

To accommodate Aikido camp participants and their family and friends, the hotel has blocked off a number of rooms at a discounted rate, including a very limited number of rooms for arrival prior to camp on Saturday, July 26th.

 OPTION #1 – Camp Package/Hotel (includes Aikido, dinner and breakfast as described below)

Deadline For Camp Package/Hotel RegistrationsFriday, June 20th.  Please note: Room reservations made after the USAF discounted blocked rooms are at full occupancy or after the DEADLINE will be subject to an increased room rate and may not include breakfast.   


2014 USAF Camp Package Rates (does not include hotel)

Camp Package.……………………………………………………………………………………………………..Cost

Full Week Practicing Participant (Sun-Sat; 7 days of aikido/6 dinners)…………………………………..$525

Full Week Non-Practicing Participant (Sun-Sat; dinners for 6 nights)……………………………………$255

1st or 2nd Half-Week Practicing Participant (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat; 4 days of aikido/3 dinners)……$395

1st or 2nd Half-Week Non-Practicing Participant (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat; dinners for 3 nights………$195


Dinners are included in Camp Packages for the number of designated nights. Non-practicing family members/friends and children 5 years and older must be registered and pay the applicable CAMP PACKAGE rate in order to receive the hotel-catered dinners and dine with the Aikido group.  Children UNDER 5 years of age eat dinner with you for free. 


2014 USAF Discounted Hotel Room Rates



Rooming Options………………………………………………………….Cost per night (does not include hotel tax & fees*)

Single (1 person per room)……………………………………………………………..$93

Double (2 people per room)…………………………………………………………….$116 ($58 per person)

Triple (3 people per room)………………………………………………………………$139 ($46 per person)

Quad (4 people per room)……………………………………………………………….$160 ($40 per person)

*Sales tax (7%); occupancy tax (8%); HOTEL service fee  ($3 per person per nighT)


Breakfast is included as part of your hotel stay for the dates you reserve a hotel room at the USAF discounted rates. The hotel will provide you with tickets for a buffet breakfast for the mornings you wake up at the hotel. Each person staying in a hotel room must be registered with the hotel at the USAF discounted rate in order to receive breakfast tickets from the hotel. Children UNDER 12 years stay for free at the hotel but MUST be included in your hotel reservation.


PLEASE NOTE: Hotel reservations made directly with the hotel by phone or through the hotel’s public website are not recognized as a USAF reservation and will not include the discounted rate or breakfast.  All Camp Package hotel room reservations must be made through the USAF-linked hotel reservation portal emailed to you after you register and pay for your Camp Package.


OPTION #2 – Day Participation (Meals are NOT included)

IF YOU ARE NOT PURCHASING OPTION #1 (Camp Package/Hotel), then the “Day Participation Rates” apply (meals are NOT included).  This year you can pay for the number of days you plan on training without committing to specific days of the week (other than Saturday). As a Day Participant, you must arrange for your own accommodations and meals. Several dining options are available at the hotel throughout the day as well as locker rooms and showers. IMPORTANT: Because the USAF’s arrangement with the hotel limits seating and food quantity at each night’s dinner buffet, Day Participants are not able to purchase the USAF dinner buffet or eat dinner with the Aikido group.


Day Participation RatesSunday-Friday Day Passes – $90 for each day   Saturday Day Pass – $40


USAF Is Collecting Donations for the 50th Anniversary of Yamada Sensei and the New York Aikikai

Dear Aikido Community:

For the past 5 decades, Yamada Sensei and the New York Aikikai have had a profound effect on thousands of people worldwide. As a gesture of deep appreciation, the USAF will be collecting donations to present as a gift for Yamada Sensei and the NYA  in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

We hope that those of you who are a part of this expansive Aikido community will participate in the 50th anniversary fund raiser. Donations can be made online through PayPal, and will be presented at the USAF summer camp banquet dinner.  All credit cards are accepted and you do not need a PayPal account to donate. No checks, cash or money orders are being accepted at this time, so please visit this link to proceed: Donation

Because the USAF is a not-for-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductible, so keep your PayPal receipt for your records. A list of the donors will be included in the “happy 50th anniversary” card. The deadline for making a donation is July 15th, 2014.

Please spread the word to anyone who might want to contribute to this exciting project. And thank you in advance for your donation.

Sincerely yours,

Laura Pavlick

Director of Operations

Dan Promotions September 16th 2013 – January 15th 2014

Test applications received and dated between September 16, 2013 and January 15, 2014 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval).




  • Mariset Abreu – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Mark Ahlquist – Vineland Aikikai
  • Kenny Batista - New York Aikikai
  • John Beller – New York Aikikai
  • Clayton Broomes – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Patricia Brosnan – Aikido of Westchester
  • Leanne Browning – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Frank Campailla – Greater Hartford Aikikai
  • Sergei Cherstiouk – Aikido of Charlotte
  • Brian Cimmins - Hoboken Aikikai
  • Bihn Dam – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Guillaume Febrer – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Jesse Funaro – Boston Aikikai
  • Jason Gaither - New York Aikikai
  • Todd Granoff – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Peter Greig – Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • Jean Guerin – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Jen Guerra – Aikido of Westchester
  • Sachiyo Hotta – Aikido of Westchester
  • Thomas Hunter – Aikido of Center City
  • Crystal Kanesaka - New York Aikikai
  • James Kanze – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Matthew Lyons – Aikido of Center City
  • Robert Madison – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Joy Madlansacay – New York Aikikai
  • Jeffrey Marfil – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Steve Mazzola – Florida Aikikai
  • John Maya - New York Aikikai
  • Chris McCreary – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Danilo Mezzadri – Aikido of Hattiesburg
  • Alexandra Michalska - New York Aikikai
  • Shayan Munshi - New York Aikikai
  • Edward Musikantow - New York Aikikai
  • Natalia Nuzhnova - New York Aikikai
  • David Plock – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • David Poulicakos – Portland Aikido
  • Bobby Roe – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Kirill Samoroukov - New York Aikikai
  • Pastor Santos – Aikido North Jersey
  • Scott Somero – Portland Aikido
  • Fredrik Stanton – Asahi Aikikai
  • Guillermo Tacciolli – Boston Aikikai
  • Neferti Tadiar - New York Aikikai
  • Jean-Marc Waiter – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • David Weintraub – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Glenelle White – Briston County Aikikai
  • Mark White – Bristol County Aikikai
  • Marina Yerovinkina - New York Aikikai


  • Mohamed Abdel Mottaleb – Florida Aikikai
  • Jeremy Akel – Aikido Center of Jacksonville
  • Crystal Aldrich – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Margaret Bower – Water’s Edge Aikikai
  • Adrian Castillo – Vicksburg Aikikai
  • Edwin Delz – Florida Aikikai
  • Charles Ellis – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Patrick Dougherty – Aikido of Westchester
  • Gunnar Gaylord I – Litchfield Hills Aikikai
  • Robert Groce – Aikido of Westchester
  • Nikolay Grozdanov – Florida Aikikai
  • Robert Hill – Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Nasim Hurd – Portland Aikikai
  • Perry Ivy – Jonesboro Aikido
  • Sergey Kushnir – Aikido of Central New York
  • Gerald Leitner - New York Aikikai
  • Charles Levine – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Tonya Machado - New York Aikikai
  • Dale Mankin – El Paso Aikikai
  • James McDermott - New York Aikikai
  • Michael Nedostupenko – Florida Aikikai
  • Victor Ortiz – Florida Aikikai
  • Michael Parrella - New York Aikikai
  • Helen Reynolds – Florida Aikikai
  • Christian Rodriguez – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Herman Rodriguez – Lake County Aikikai
  • Rain Sadkane – Sadkane School for Aikido
  • Matthew Wavro – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Peter Wilson – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Hector Wong – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Andrei Yamshchikov -Florida Aikikai
  • Sau Yan Yee – Aikido of Ramapo Valley


  • Lawrence Aarons – New York Aikikai
  • Kevin Bennett – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Luis Carrasco – Raleigh Aikikai
  • David Gardener – Litchfield Hills Aikikai
  • Rejean Gauthier – Aikikai de l’Universite Laval
  • Linna Lee - New York Aikikai
  • Andy Madrid - New York Aikikai
  • Jerome Mercier – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Glenn Murray – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Sandra Parker – Aikido of Prescott
  • Linda Robbins - New York Aikikai
  • Richard Sarris – Long Island Aikikai


  • David Babcock - New York Aikikai
  • Kenneth Cadogan – Aikido of Chester County
  • Arturo Fisher – New York Aikikai
  • Michael Hannoyer – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Curtis Harris – Aikido of Park Slope
  • David Hill – Ellsworth Aikikai
  • Linda Jones - New York Aikikai
  • Joshua Layton – Monteregie Aikikai
  • Dennis Lazarte – City Aikido of Los Angeles
  • Orlando Lopez – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Richard Alexander McNeillie – Brampton Aikikai
  • Michael Pak – KAIST Aikido Club
  • John Thompson – Aikido of Denton
  • David Salmon – Toronto Aikikai
  • Dee Seabolt – Aikido Center of Jacksonville


  • Timothy Antrim – Southside Aikido Club
  • Theodore Banta II – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Calvin Blanchard – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Fiona Blyth – Boston Aikikai
  • Andrew L. Demko – New Castle Aikikai
  • Patricia Demko – New Castle Aikikai
  • Gregory Deutsch – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Ray Feliciano – Pasadena Aikikai
  • Sylvie Firestone – Aikido of Westchester
  • Fred Foote – San Francisco Aikikai
  • Mitchell Hansberry – MIT Aikido Club
  • Eric Hardenorff – AIkido of Northampton
  • Frank Johnson – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Sharon Kanai – New England Aikikai
  • Lauren Mallas – San Francisco Aikikai
  • Lynn Marshall – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Mohammed Mounji – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Jun-ya Nakatsugawa - New York Aikikai
  • Eugene Nelson – Florida Aikikai
  • John Ottavino – New York Aikikai
  • James Watu Wadada Brent – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • KenYamazaki – NY Eastside Aikikai


  • Stephan Jesberger – Mohawk Valley Aikido
  • Gail Skinner – Aikido of the Canyon Lands
  • Robert Toabe – MIT Aikido Club
  • Walter Van Enck – Midwest Aikido Center


  • David Halprin – Framingham Aikikai
  • Robert Saad – Aikido de la Montagne

Summer Camp Update

Plans for summer camp 2014 are well on their way.  The flier is complete (click here to view), online registration process is almost in place, hotel reservation portal is near completion.  Keep your eyes on the USAF newsletter Summer Camp page, your email box and the USAF Summer Camp facebook page for further announcements and the virtual ringing of the opening bell!

New Year’s Renewal Update

December 18, 2013

Dear Instructors,

Many of you are curious as to when the New Year’s renewal letter will be circulated.  This is just a quick update to let you know that an improvement is being made to the database, which should be completed before Christmas.  Once it is done, you will receive information regarding the process.  This enhancement will remove the need to send the USAF office a hard copy of the shidoin and fukushidoin form for renewals and new certifications.  The criteria asked on the form is being integrated into the site so when you are online and wish to submit the renewal/certification, all the questions and required information will be right there for you to fill in online.

Thank you for your patience, and all my best for a wonderful holiday!

Sincerely yours,

Laura Pavlick

Director of Operations

Technical Committee Dan Testing Workshop at Winter Camp

During the November 2013 Florida Aikikai Winter Seminar, the USAF Technical Committee presented a workshop on dan testing. Anyone who is preparing for a dan test should find this video a valuable resource. Florida Aikikai is happy to share what we have learned. Thank you. See you next year! Penny Bernath

2012 New USAF Dojo

The USAF would like to welcome the following new member dojo:

(updated 12/31/2012)


Aikido of South West Florida

Chief Instructor: C. Barry Benjamin

360 Santa Barbara Blvd Cape Coral FL
Cape Coral, FL 33910


Dairyukai Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Fabio Chirinos

5733 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec H4A 1W9


Mount Saint Vincent Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Fraser Graham

C/O Fitness Center, Mount St Vincent University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3M 2J6


Myoho Aikido Vermont

Chief Instructor: Wassim Nehme

183 Park Street, Middle Barn
N. Bennington, VT 05257


Notting Hill Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Antheas

95 Lancaster Rd
London, United Kingdom WAA 1QQ


Oak Hill Aikido

Chief Instructor: Michelle Ruschhaupt

8404 Candelaria Drive
Austin, TX 78737


Providence Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Paul Sheedy and Wayne Sherman

545 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860


Water’s Edge Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Meg Bower

1117 State Rt. 3 North Woong’s Taekwondo Center
Ganbrills, MD 21054


2013 New USAF Dojo

The USAF would like to welcome the following new member dojo:

(updated 12/9/2013)


Aikido of Amherst

Chief Instructor: Heath Atchley

316 College Street

Amherst, MA 01002


Aikido of Prince Edward Island

Chief Instructor: James Reed Jones

40 Enman Crescent

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island  C1E 1E6


Alamo Area Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Noel Murphy

3233 N. St Mary’s Street

San Antonio, TX 78212


Arizona Aikikai of Phoenix

Chief Instructor: Jorge Enrique Barreiro

513 E. Roosevelt Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85004


Bristol County Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Mark White

2 Cedar Street

Taunton, MA 02780


Heaven and Earth Aikido

Chief Instructor: Brian Ericksen

688 Spring Street

Herndon, VA 20170


KAIST Aikido Club

Chief Instructor: Michael Pak

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Daejon, Korea 305-701

Republic of Korea


Napoca Budokai

Chief Instructor: Ovidiu Ratiu

Bazinul Olimpic


Cluj, Romania


NY Eastside Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Ken Yamazaki

307 East 92nd Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10128


Pax River Aikikai

Chief Instructor: David Norton

24620 Three Notch Road

Hollywood, Maryland 20636


Rivertide Aikido

Chief Instructor: Patrick Gaucher

8 West Bridge Street

Catskill, NY 12414


Thiel Aikikai/Thiel College Aikido

Chief Instructor: Jack Hayes

75 College Avenue

Greenville, PA 16125


Wei Yi Dao Dojo Academy

Chief Instructor: Lenny Cook

68 Wenchang Rd

121 Street, Bldg 38-404

Kunming, TN 650093