Archives for 2013

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



Dan Promotions May 16th 2013 – September 15th 2013

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




  • Jeffrey Alenski – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Thomas Faraone – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Arielle Herman – Woodstock Aikido
  • Joanne Hsu – Skylands Aikikai
  • Rajesh Jaiswal – Framingham Aikikai
  • Amos Kennedy – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Allen Kline – Framingham Aikikai
  • Ilia Kulik – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • David Oskardmay – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Estelle Ostro – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • Clark Pomerleau – Aikido of Denton
  • Brock Rutherford – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Christopher Sinclair – Aikido North Jersey


  • Sandra Biesinger – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Robert Clasen – Suffolk Aikikai
  • Nicholas Coast – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Nicholas Hunter – Aikido of Houston
  • Mark Manning – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Peter Matthies – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Felicia Munoz – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Danny Nunez – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Jeff Rotondi – Aikido of Ramapo Valley
  • Laurie Seymour – Framingham Aikikai
  • Samantha Taitel – Aikido Center of Dover
  • Jennifer Yabut – Aikikai of Philadelphia


  • Sulaiman Abdul-Hakeem – Aikido of Center City
  • James Brumm – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Jay Cooke – Monadnock Aikikai
  • Anthony De Sando – Aikido of Ramapo Valley
  • John Holt – Aikikai od Philadelphia
  • Steve Jones – Newmarket Aikikai
  • Ann Lorenc – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Omar Martinez – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Vinh Nguyen – Aikido de la Montagne
  • Charn Pennewaert – Newport Beach Aikikai
  • Gil Scutti – Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Tinka Sloss – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Yondan
  • Marie Chantal Landschoot – Austin Aikikai
  • Thank Vinh Pham – Aikido de la Montagne
  • John Porter – Vicksburg Aikikai

Dan Promotions December 16th 2012 – May 15th 2013

Test applications received and dated between December 16, 2012 and May 15, 2013 (some listings represent applications prior to Hombu approval).




  • Melissa Avendano – Aikido of Dallas
  • Michael Boeder – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Riccardo Cannavo – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • David Chamblin – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Signe Constable – Lunenburg Aikikai
  • ELizabeth Cramer – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Garret Curry – Davis Aikikai
  • Jeff Davis – New Castle Aikikai
  • Sean Emerson – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • David Glotfelty  – Southern Maryland Aikido Center
  • Lawrence Hambrick – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Joe Heim – Kenosha Aikikai
  • Michael Henson – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Amy Hyatt – Monadnock Aikikai
  • Susan Irion – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Mitsuko Kunikane – San Francisco Aikikai
  • Amy Langlois – Ellsworth Aikikai
  • David Marquez – Aikido of Austin
  • Patrick McCarthy – Aikido of Columbus
  • Megan Meehan-Dorr – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Gary Miller – Finger Lakes Aikido
  • Nicholas Mills – Lunenburg Aikikai
  • Matt Moller – Springfield Aikido School
  • Stuart Pieloch – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Richard Pierce – Aikido of Charlotte
  • Alyssa Pusey – Commonwealth Aikikai
  • Dale Roznowski – Florida Aikido Center
  • Javier Servello Perez – Florida Aikido Center
  • Roger Stein – Aikido of Summit
  • Scott Stein – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Louis Torres – Palm Beach Aikikai
  • Charlie Wilson – Lunenburg Aikikai


  • Mark Cantin – Greater Hartford Aikikai
  • David Cole – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Charles Cunningham – University of Iowa Aikikai
  • James Dore – Commonwealth Aikikai
  • Seth Hansen-Hall – Aikido of New Paltz
  • Robert Hewell – Pasadena Aikikai
  • David Janicone – New Castle Aikikai
  • Shawn Kim – Plano Aikido Center
  • Laura Kopczak – Kingston Aikido
  • Vihren Milev – Glen Ellyn Aikido Club
  • Yoko Nomura – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Cosjun Pabua – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Frank Pakulski – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Artemio Ramos – San Juan Aikikai
  • Charles Traverse – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Huong Vu – AIkido of Houston
  • Fred Westcott – Aikido Institute of Newfoundland
  • Christopher Whittle – KAIST Aikido Club


  • Carlos Bartolomei – Aikido of Scottsdale
  • Lauren Bergman – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Robert Kores – Aikido Society of Memphis
  • Michael Lum – Aikido of Houston
  • Martin Panariello – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Joanne Recca – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Christopher Walla – Aikido of Houston


  • Christy Calder – Aikido of Santa Barbara
  • Eugene Chang – Aikido of Nassau County
  • Shawn Dansby – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Jean Laplante – Aikikai de l’Universite Laval


Last Chance to Order 2013 USAF Summer Camp DVD

This is your last chance to order your 2013 USAF Summer Camp DVD.  Please follow this link and place your order before the September 30th deadline. This archive of classes and instruction is only available until the order deadline, so don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a copy for your collection.


Aikido Video Montage – Jonathan Weiner

I wanted to share a short reel of some of the video projects I’ve had the opportunity to produce in the USAF. If you’re looking to add high quality video for your dojo website, feel free to reach out to me. I’m happy to offer free consultation.

Click here to view video

Jonathan Weiner, Dojo Cho, Aikido of Charlotte, 704.931.8751

Save the date…No, save the year!

Save the date……No, save the year!!

A series of major seminars to celebrate Yamada Sensei’s 50th anniversary will be happening throughout 2014.
Exact dates and further details will be posted as they become available.

Please click here to print this flier and post in your dojo




Important Camp Hotel Update


HOTEL REGISTRATION DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING.  The deadline for reserving your hotel room at the USAF Camp Rate is fast approaching and the number of rooms still available is limited.  If you have not already done so, please register for camp and reserve your hotel room as soon as possible but no later than  Sunday, June 23rd (rooms subject to availability).

MAKE SURE YOUR FRIENDS HAVE REGISTERED. If you have already registered for camp and reserved your hotel room, please check that your roommate(s) has done the same.   To be eligible for the double, triple, or quad rate, as applicable, all roommates (including practicing and non-practicing participants) must register for a camp package (1/2 or full week) and register with the hotel by June 23rd.

BREAKFAST.  The USAF Camp Rate at the hotel includes breakfast and you will receive a breakfast ticket at time of check-in only if you have properly completed your online hotel reservation process. If you register after the June 23rd deadline or directly with the hotel, you will not receive the USAF Camp Rate and your rate may not include breakfast.

AFTER THE JUNE 23rd DEADLINE. After June 23rd, the online portal for reserving your hotel room will be removed.  Reservations may be made directly with the hotel but the rates will vary and breakfast may not be included.  You can still register for camp online after the 23rd but you must make your own housing arrangements.  Please note, the camp package (1/2 or full week) meal plan includes dinner only and prices do not vary regardless of where you are staying or when you register.

Please e-mail with any questions.

Thank you!

Henry Smith Shihan, from Yamada Sensei

I am very sad to have received the news about the passing of Henry Smith.  As one of my old time students at NY Aikikai, and now a Shihan in the USAF with his own dojo for many years, he as been a part of my life for a very long time.  Henry was always involved in so many interesting things, and he positively influenced so many people.  I know he has a family that was very dear to him, and many students who will now have to continue on without him. This is never easy, but we must try to remember his spirit, his generosity, and his smile. This will help us all get through this difficult time together.

A Message Regarding Henry Smith Shihan by Aikikai of Philadelphia

We are sorry to report that on Sunday May 12th Henry Smith Shihan drowned while swimming off the coast of Turkey, where he had recently led a week-long Aikido retreat. His Spirit, guidance, and expertise will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of training with him over the years. For Further information please visit the Aikikai of Philadelphia Facebook page we will updated as we get information.

Information regarding funeral arrangements for Henry Smith Sensei can be found here

Announcement Regarding New Resource for USAF Instructors

Having an in-house reference library based on the experience of USAF instructors is a great way to support each other with tasks that may sometimes seem daunting:  How to come up with new ideas for a brochure, how to define aikido for marketing material, what kind of layout for a pull-tab flier works best, where to find a good insurance company or direct billing company, etc.  There is now a place where you can share your ideas as well as benefit from the contributions of others.

The Filebrowser section of the USAF website is where important USAF documents and information are stored for your easy access.  This is only available to USAF instructors with a login and password.  A new folder has been added to this section, titled USAF Resources. Within this folder are currently 3 sections – Dojo Marketing Material, Insurance Company Referrals, and Direct Billing Referrals.  With your submissions, this section will continue to grow and will hopefully become a wealth of information that can help support USAF member dojos.  The first dojo marketing material document has been upload – a pull-tab flier from Litchfield Hills Aikikai (only pdfs will be uploaded).  You will not be informed each time a new addition is made.

Please email me any materials you would like to share.  If your contribution falls outside the definition of the current folders, than new folders will be made to accommodate your material. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely yours,

Laura Pavlick

Director of Operations

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