Dan Promotions July 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Test applications received and dated between July 1st 2016 and January 1st, 2017 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval, applications not received by posting date will not be listed in the post). 

 

Shodan

  • Nikolas Asikis – Valley Aikido
  • Cary Bakker – Florida Aikikai
  • Mahmoud Belkacemi – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Luis Caceres – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Leela Christian-Tabak – Boston Aikikai
  • Cindy Chu – New York Aikikai
  • William Davis – Sadkane School for Aikido
  • Anna Gallagher – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Mikal Giancola – Aikido of New Orleans
  • Kiley Haftorson – Alamo Area Aikikai
  • Brian Hagan – Valley Aikido
  • Sara Hubbard – Old City Aikido
  • Peter Keller – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Pawel Kijowski – Plano Aikido Center
  • Sotaro Kurashige – North Chatham Aiki Club
  • Joel Lemieux – Framingham Aikikai
  • Adam Lewis – New York Aikikai
  • Lianni Lin – Portland Aikikai
  • Edward Lin – New York Aikikai
  • Jeff Lorenz – Aikido of Raritan Valley/Ren Sei Kan
  • Michael Lynch – Kenosha Aikikai
  • David Manigbas – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Chuck Martin – Ottawa Aikido Centre
  • Elise McGrath – Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Patricia Mizzi – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Michael Moses – Aikido of Westchester
  • Lawrence Ng – Aikido of Westchester
  • Augustus Norton – Framingham Aikikai
  • Kayleigh O’Connor – Boston Aikikai
  • Alex Odell – Aikido of Westchester
  • Michael Pajor – Aikido of the Canyon Lands
  • Suzanne Parmly – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Jason Read – Portland Aikido
  • Owen Richfield – Aikido of New Orleans
  • Rafael Rodriguez – Miami Aikikai
  • Rodolfo Rojas – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Omar Ruego – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Cynthia Salit – Aikido of Dallas
  • Ken Sato – Aikido of Westchester
  • Brian Shirai – Portland Aikikai
  • Yan Silboni – Montreal Aikikai
  • Elizabeth Stevens – NY Eastside Aikikai
  • Ryoya Terao – Aikido of Westchester
  • Thomas Vangi – Long Beach Island Aikikai
  • Adonis Villarosa – Aikido North Jersey
  • George Walden – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Jonathan Walker – Aikido of Austin
  • Scott Weber – Aikido of Austin
  • Sean Wheeler – Aikido of Austin
  • Jonathan Wilde – New York Aikikai
  • Darius Wilkerson – Florida Aikikai
  • Rebeca Willis-Longer – Portland Aikikai

Nidan

  • Mark Alhquist – Vineland Aikikai
  • Florencio Benitez – Florida Aikikai
  • Zachary Biesanz – New York Aikikai
  • Willian Bresnihan – Florida Aikikai
  • Michael Coiro – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Signe Constable – Lunenburg Aikikai
  • Gallen David – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Francisco Del Valle – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Ray Drapela – Aikido of Austin
  • Guillaume Febrer – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Jason Ferrell – Aikido of Ausin
  • Carlos Frick – Kenosha Aikikai
  • Anne-Marie Giri – Brevard Aikikai
  • Peter Greig – Souther Maryland Aikido Center
  • Jean Guarin – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Chris Ho – Framingham Aikikai
  • James Kanze – Hoboken Aikikai
  • Petri Koskinen – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Constance Lim – Ottawa Aikikai
  • Richard Lookshin – Florida Aikikai
  • Robert Madison III – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Dare Matheson – Providence Aikikai
  • Danilo Mezzardi – Aikido of Hattiesburg
  • Aleksandra Michalska – New York Aikikai
  • Robert Micieli – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Ramin Miri – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Shayan Munshi – New York Aikikai
  • John Murdoch II – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Edward Musikantow – New York Aikikai
  • David Plock – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Yuriy Pustovoyt – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Michael Rolbin – Ottawa Aikikai
  • Natalia Safronenkova – New York Aikikai
  • Kirill Samoroukov – New York Aikikai
  • Pastor Santos – Aikido North Jersey
  • Chris Scales – Long Beach Island Aikikai
  • Christopher Sinclair – Aikido North Jersey
  • Phi Tong – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Brian Weinberg – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Tal Yardeni – Aikido of Scottsdale

Sandan

  • Mohamed Abdel Mottaleb – Florida Aikikai
  • Cody Cowan – Aikido of Austin
  • Eric de Valpine – Aikido of Austin
  • Stephan Fay – Kingston Aikido
  • Marcel Gonzalez – Miami Aikikai
  • Tim Gosl – Old City Aikido
  • Nikolay Grozdanov – Florida Aikikai
  • Darcy Hamilton – Ottawa Aikikai
  • Kevin Hopkins – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Sheng-Cheng Huang – Aikido of Austin
  • Dale Mankin – El Paso Aikikai
  • Matthew McCann Jr – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Paul Miroff – Kingston Aikido
  • Michael Nedostupenko – Florida Aikikai
  • Alex Nelson – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Amir Andrew Obeidy – Florida Aikikai
  • Victor Ortiz – Florida Aikikai
  • Frank Pakulski – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Michael Parrella – New York Aikikai
  • Ovidiu Ratiu -Napoca Budokai
  • Helen Reynolds – Florida Aikikai
  • John Robinson – Aikido of Austin
  • Rain Sadkane – Sadkane School for Aikido
  • Daniel Small – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Pejman Soheili – Nations Aikikai
  • Noel Tendick – Portland Aikikai
  • Daphne Vassalotti – Vineland Aikikai
  • Thomas Visentin – Kingston Aikido
  • Thomas Voetsch – Kingston Aikido
  • Christopher Whittle – KAIST Aikido Club
  • Jennifer Yabut – Old City Aikido

Yondan

  • C. Barry Benjamin – Aikido of South West Florida
  • Gina Boccolucci – Florida Aikido Center
  • Jose Bonachea – Pinellas County Aikikai
  • Normand Brodeur – Aikikai de l’Universite Laval
  • Eric Capelle – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Louis Caron – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Juan Carlos Cruz – McGill Aikido
  • Ursula Donnelley – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Vincent Hauser – Austin Aikikai
  • Jeff Hodges – Austin Aikikai
  • Kevin Kanesaka – New York Aikikai
  • Andrew Lee – New York Aikikai
  • Edward Leung – New York Aikikai
  • Giorgio Mariani – Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Angela Murphy – Alamo Heights Aikido
  • Philippe Niemetz – New York Aikikai
  • Jason Perna – Old City Aikido
  • Abu-Bakr Prowell – Alamo Area Aikikai
  • James Shaffer – Long Beach Island Aikikai
  • Michael Silverman – Asheville Aikikai
  • Randall Smith – Florida Aikikai
  • Evan Sobel – Aikido of Park Slope

Godan

  • Heidi Albright – Cloud Mountain Aikido
  • Victor Ancer – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Susanne Beisert – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Nancy Birdsong – Aikido of Austin
  • Brian Dupont – New York Aikikai
  • Arturo Fisher – New York Aikikai
  • Matthew Flamm – New York Aikikai
  • Roger Geertz Gonzalez – Florida Aikikai
  • Darrell Grant – Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • robert Hyatt – Tarzana Aikikai
  • Philip Halpern – New York Aikikai
  • Cyril Landise – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Noel Murphy – Alamo Area Aikikai
  • Lawrence Ozenberger – Aikido of New Orleans
  • David Reinfeld – New York Aikikai
  • Juan Sampayo Sarraga – San Juan Aikikai
  • Carl Schmidt –  New York Aikikai

Rokudan

  • Debra Crampton –  New York Aikikai
  • James Kahn –  New York Aikikai
  • Charles Mensh –  New York Aikikai
  • Sharon Silberstein –  New York Aikikai
  • Knut Bauer – Central Illinois Aikikai
  • Larry Graham – Kansas City Aikido School
  • James Graves – Southland Aikido
  • Damir Jamsek – Austin Aikikai
  • Karen Meno – Suncoast Aikido
  • Masako Nakatsugawa – Syracuse University Aikido Club
  • Blue Spruell – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Javier Vazquez-Bravo – San Juan Aikikai

Hachidan

  • Edward Hagihara – Long Island Aikikai

Dan Promotions August 1, 2015 – January 1, 2016

Test applications received and dated between August 1st 2015 and January 1st, 2016 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval). 

 

 

Shodan

  • Kathryn Bennett – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Jorge Borges – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Javier Calduch – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Benoit Charra – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Gustavo Colon – Aikido Chiheisen
  • Philip Cortina – Kern River Aikikai
  • Ismaer Cotto – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Paolo Dalla Fina – Notting Hill Aikikai
  • Demy De Jesus – San Juan Aikikai
  • Peter Dorsey – Aikido of Prescott
  • Chris Emanuel – Aikido of Westchester
  • Ivan Ferran – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Deborah Fisher – New York Aikikai
  • Parvz Ghahramani – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Osiris Gomez – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Robert Gutierrez – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • Susan Hauser – Austin Aikikai
  • David Hernandez – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Derek Hoagland – San Juan Aikikai
  • Paul Michael Jones – Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Robert-Jan Kastelijns
  • Jason Marrero – New York Aikikai
  • Omar Morales – Florida Aikikai
  • Bob Nevins – Raleigh Aikikai
  • Robert Poyer III – Aikido of Chester County
  • Christopher Rodriguez – Sadkane School for Aikido
  • Alan Rodriguez – San Juan Aikikai
  • William Runyan – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Andres Samayoa – New York Aikikai
  • Diane Samsel – Aikido Club of Try-Co-Lan
  • Monica Sasaki – Florida Aikikai
  • Osamu Sekiguchi – Shodokan
  • Dmitry Shimelfarb – New York Aikikai
  • Joanna Smart – Shodokan
  • Spencer Sweeney – New York Aikikai
  • Clifford Tanaka – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Conrad Turner – New York Aikikai
  • Yvonne Vardi – Aikido of Ramapo Valley
  • Jeffrey Waterman – North Coast Aikikai
  • Jose Webster – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Derek Wilson – New York Aikikai

Nidan

  • Roger Bacon – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Celia Batan – Aikido of Fairfield County
  • Kathy Berliner – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Michael Boeder – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Clayton Broomes – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Massimo Caiati – Aikido of Raritan Valley /Ren Sei Kan
  • Abelardo Cuevas, Jr. – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Binh Dam – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Damon Grace – Kingston Aikido
  • Todd Granoff – Peachtree Aikikai Atlanta
  • Albert Graziosa – Aikido of Westchester
  • Frank Griffin – Aikido of El Paso
  • Christoper Hawke – Litchfield Hills Aikikai
  • Sachiyo Hotta – Aikido of Westchester
  • Jan Ksel – Brevard Aikikai
  • Beata Ksel – Breverad Aikikai
  • Ignacio Mena – NY Eastside Aikikai
  • Keith Miller – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Alexander Milton – Gold Coast Aikikai
  • Helena Neves-Pelchat – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Matthew Odell – Aikido of Westchester
  • Eric Pierce – Aikido of Norfolk
  • Dale Roznowski – Florida Aikido Center
  • Sergio Santiago – San Juan Aikikai
  • Fred Serricchio – Aikido of Fairfield County
  • Myron Thomas – Maru Aikikai South
  • Bernardo Vega-Smith – San Juan Aikikai
  • Alexandra Vinarov – New York Aikikai
  • Steve Wachtel – Aikido North Jersey
  • Jean-Marc Waiter – Palm Beach Aikikai

Sandan

  • Gabriele Bixel – Aiki Muenster
  • Zbigniew Bloch – Toronto Aikikai
  • Mick Cipra – Twin Cities Aikido Club
  • James De Furia – Portland Aikikai
  • Jay Golding – Florida Aikikai
  • Nelson Hayes – Aikido North Jersey
  • Robert LaPalme – Valle Aikido
  • Dya Levitt – MIT Aikido CLub
  • Keith Lit – Florida Aikikai
  • Edward Manalang – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Alan Mandell – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Mario Marquez – Aikido of El Paso
  • Peter McDade – Shodokan
  • Jason Parsons – Kern River Aikikai
  • Alexander Socia – Florida Aikikai
  • Armando Valeriano – New York Aikikai
  • Roberto Velez – New York Aikikai

Yondan

  • Louis Agliardo – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Richard Backer – New York Aikikai
  • Colleen Bothwell – New York Aikikai
  • Jesse Earl Brown – Naka Ima Aikikai
  • Aaron Cass – Portsmouth Aikido
  • Richard Colacino – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Stephanie Cook – New York Aikikai
  • Simon Cruz – Aikido North Jersey
  • Danny Dean – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Larry DeCarmine – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Jorge Del Castillo – Florida Aikikai
  • Javier Dominguez – New York Aikikai
  • Neal Earhart – Aikido of Westchester
  • Graham Fraser – Mount Saint Vincent Aikikai
  • Indra Gandy – New York Aikikai
  • James Goeman – Aikido of Austin
  • Daniel Hayes – Chushin Aikikai
  • John Huang – Aikido of Ramapo Valley
  • David Katz – Aikido of Westchester
  • David Kilroy – Valley Aikido
  • Pascal Kim – New York Aikikai
  • Steve Kopka – Midwest Aikido Center
  • David Law – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Stephen Leigh – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Joan Nakatsugawa – New York Aikikai
  • Jason Pepe – Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • Octavia Pereyra – Florida Aikikai
  • Guy Pharand – Budoka Aikikai
  • Keith Pray – Albany Aikido
  • Ramon Ruilopez – Florida Aikikai
  • Garn Sherman – West Georgia Aikikai
  • Asi Shnabel – City Aikido of Los Angeles
  • Donald Slater – Georgia Southern University Aikido Club
  • Derrell Thomas – Newark Aikido
  • Brian Vacante – Aikido North Jersey
  • Bill Witthar – Zanshin Aikido School

Godan

  • Leslie Babish – Aikido North Jersey
  • Wayne Brown – Twin Cities Aikido Center
  • James Constable – Lunenburg Aikikai
  • Jean-Rene David – Aikido de al Montagne
  • Jesus Delgado- Arias – Miami Aikikai
  • Silvia Eschenlauer – Florida Aikikai
  • Anthony Fiore – Aikido of Chester County
  • Paul Forhan – Aikido of El Paso
  • Gordon Hannah – East End Aikikai
  • Stephen Johnson, Jr. – Woodstock Aikido
  • Lenore Killam – Sangamon Aikikai
  • Matthias Lynch – Glen Ellyn Aikido Club
  • Luke Machado – New York Aikikai
  • Paul Manogue – Aikido of Raritan Valley/Ren Sei Kan
  • Wayne Massey – El Pas0 Aikikai
  • Matthew May – Midwest Aikido Center
  • David Norton – Pax River Aikikai
  • Eugene O’Connor – Bermuda Aikikai
  • Arturo Peal – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Ismael Rangel – Aikido of Austin
  • Gary Roberts – Ottawa Aikido Centre
  • Youssef Sadkane – Sadkane School of Aikido
  • Sidney Shiba – Plano Aikido Center

Rokudan

  • Matthew Bagedonow – MIT Aikido Club
  • Paul Buchanan – Aikido of Try-Co-Lan
  • Gary Bushorn – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • John Conlin – Woodstock Aikido
  • Cathy Conlin – Woodstock Aikido
  • Emmanuel Herzog – Florida Aikikai
  • Stephane Janczuk – Aikido la Forge
  • Barry Kushel – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Michael Patino – Florida Aikikai
  • Annette Schediwy-Mackrel – Woodstock Aikido
  • Claire Widen – Asheville Aikikai
  • Robert Wilcox – Kingston Aikido
  • Donald Wyckoff – Asheville Aikikai
  • Kyoshi Yasutake – Midwest Aikido Center

A Message From Yamada Sensei Regarding Sansuikai

I recently announced that Sansuikai International is now affiliated with the USAF.  Some questions have been asked, so I  wanted to explain what this affiliation means.  As you know, I created Sansuikai so the dojo in South America and Europe can join and I can help these dojo by submitting Sansuikai dan applications to Aikikai.  When I am no longer able to do this, the USAF, as a recognized Aikikai organization, will take my place and forward these applications directly to Aikikai.  This is all that will be needed to make sure everyone can still have their dan ranks registered at hombu.  We have so many friendly relationships all over the world, between Sansuikai and the USAF, and this allows me to rest assured that all the years of work I have put in to both organizations will continue, as well as your friendships on and off the mat .

Sincerely,

Y. Yamada

Richard M. Stickles Shihan, Aikido Schools of New Jersey

The USAF has sadly learned that Rick Stickles Sensei, founder and chief instructor of Aikido Schools of New Jersey (ASNJ), passed away on Sunday, June 21st.   ASNJ members will be holding a memorial service at their dojo on Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm.

Stickles Sensei began his training in New York Aikikai and was soto deshi to Yamada Sensei.  He founded ASNJ in 1977 and dedicated his life to teaching and promoting Aikido at his dojo and around the world.  He was also an instructor at New York Aikikai.

Yamada Sensei and the USAF extend their deepest condolences to Stickles Sensei’s family and students for this sudden and unexpected loss.

 

Richard Stroud Shihan, MIT Aikido Club

The USAF has learned that Dick Stroud Sensei, chief instructor of MIT Aikido Club, passed away a week ago while on vacation in Japan with his daughter.  An accomplished artist, Stroud Sensei started the MIT Aikido club in 1978 with the permission of Kanai Sensei. We share this sad news as we mourn the loss of another great instructor who dedicated his life to aikido.  More information will be circulated when it becomes available.

T. K. Chiba Sensei, Birankai Founder

It is with great sadness that we share the news of T. K. Chiba Sensei’s passing on Friday, June 5th.

As an integral part of the growth of the USAF and aikido world-wide, Chiba Sensei’s teachings and spirit as an instructor, a mentor, and a friend  touched so many lives and was a privilege that will remain cherished by all who knew him. Yamada Sensei and the USAF extend to Chiba Sensei’s family and students our sincere condolences for this profound loss.  Our roots run deep and will always keep us connected as one family, as we extend our support during this difficult time and moving forward.

Birankai International has issued the following statement:

On behalf of Birankai International, with deep sorrow, Birankai North America announces the death on June 5th, 2015 of our Founder and teacher T. K. Chiba, Shihan. Martial artists here and around the world salute his life as they mourn his passing. During more than 50 years of training and teaching, Sensei inspired, forged and changed the lives of generations of students. United in gratitude for the great gift he gave us, we offer our condolences to his family.

A celebration of Sensei’s life will be held at Birankai North America 2015 Summer Camp. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a gift for the family.

ROOMS FOR FULL-WEEK CAMP ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT

ROOMS FOR FULL-WEEK CAMP ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT:

At this time there are only 25 USAF discounted rooms left in the hotel for people purchasing full week camp packages (Sunday-Saturday).  If you plan on coming to camp for the full week, you should purchase your camp package and reserve your hotel room as soon as possible.

SATURDAY JULY 25TH NEW ROOM RATE IN EFFECT:

Also, the USAF room block has reached full capacity at the camp rate for the Saturday prior to camp (July 25th).  You may still reserve a room for Saturday, July 25th but at an increased rate of $209 plus tax which does not include breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please click here for more camp/hotel information and to proceed with your registration.

Best regards,

 

Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

Important USAF Camp Update

 

IMPORTANT CAMP UPDATE

 

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 

OSAWA SENSEI WILL BE JOINING US 

FOR SUMMER CAMP 2015.

 

OUR USAF DISCOUNTED HOTEL ROOMS ARE GOING FAST, SO PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE  

AND REMEMBER THAT THE 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH 

If you are planning on attending camp this year, we highly recommend you register for a camp package (half or full week) and make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to take advantage of the limited number of USAF discounted rooms still available.

Also, the Saturday prior to camp (July 25th) has a very limited number of rooms at the USAF discounted rate. The rate for Saturday, July 25th, will then increase to $209 (plus taxes & fees) and will not include breakfast on Sunday morning.

If you are not purchasing a camp package, you can pre-register as a day participant. There is no registration deadline for day participants.

Please click here for more camp/hotel information and to proceed with your registration.

Best regards,

 

Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

2015 Summer Camp Is 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 2015 USAF Summer Camp beginning Sunday, July 26th and ending Saturday, August 1st. 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 25th.

You are encouraged to register for a Camp Package and book your hotel room as soon as possible. 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. The DEADLINE for registration is Friday, June 19h 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!
Sincerely,

Laura Pavlick and Karen De Paola

Summer Camp Update

We have recently been informed that Osawa Sensei will be undergoing shoulder surgery later this winter. Because of this, we are unable to confirm whether or not he will be able to attend our summer camp until later in the spring, when we learn more about his recovery. The class schedule will continue in its usual capacity and we suggest early registration and reservations so as to secure your place at camp.

We wish Osawa Sensei a speedy recovery and hope he will be able to join us for another wonderful week together. We will keep you posted as the situation progresses.

 

 

 

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