Archives for June 2014

Corrected Link – USAF Donations Deadline Is Fast Approaching

As many of you know, the USAF has been collecting donations as a gesture of the USAF’s deep appreciation for what New York Aikikai, under the leadership and guidance of Yamada Sensei, has given, and continues to offer, to the USAF community and the greater aikido community world-wide.

A sincere thank you to all the dojos, instructors, members and friends who have already made a donation.  If you would like to make a donation to the USAF, you can do so until the deadline of July 20th, by clicking below.   A presentation of the USAF’s donation to the New York Aikikai will be made at this year’s summer camp, along with a card displaying the names of all who have contributed to this half-century celebration!


Make your donation here

Dan Promotions January 16th – May 15th 2014

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




  • Alexander Angustain – Tarzana Aikikai
  • David Bensman – Aikido Society of Memphis
  • Thomas Browning – Island Aikido
  • Kayla Davis – Island Aikido
  • Edward Estrada – Water Oak Aikikai
  • Gregory Gargiso – Aikido Schools of New Jersey
  • Brad Garner – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky
  • Vladimir Gerasimov – Seattle Aikikai
  • Charles Hale – MIT Aikido Club
  • Danielle Hyatt – Seattle Aikikai
  • Jun Kawaguchi – Portland Aikikai
  • Leonel Martinez-Perez – Kentuckiana Aikikai
  • Roselyn Maynard – Notting Hill Aikikai
  • Sean McCarty – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky
  • Robert Micieli – Aikido of Red Bank
  • Frank Ruzicka – Aikido of Austin
  • Mark Shanahan – University of Iowa Aikikai
  • Daniel Sibol – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Takara Suzuki – Portland Aikikai
  • Michael Vaccaro – Jersey Shore Aikikai
  • Jesse Vance – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky
  • Rochelle Wagner – Seattle Aikikai
  • Tom Worsnopp – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Daniel Yager – Jersey Shore Aikikai


  • Elisa Beebe – Framingham Aikikai
  • Michael Carnes – Raleigh Aikikai
  • Alan Crosby – Aikido of Summit
  • Robert Fraley – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Robert Humphreys – New Castle Aikikai
  • Damien Kick – Austin Aikikai
  • Branko Mihanovic – Orlando Aikikai
  • Jon Naranjo – Midwest Aikido Center
  • Kathleen O’Neill – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Teri Pierson – Two Rivers Aikikai
  • Eric Poma – New Castle Aikikai
  • Adele Roland – Northern Virginia Aikikai
  • Carl Steiger – Oak Hill Aikido


  • Christine Blaha-James – Aikido of Austin
  • Karen Clark – Aikido of Champlain Valley
  • John Hillson – Open Sky Aikikai
  • Christina Johnson – Orlando Aikikai
  • William Kopko – New Castle Aikikai
  • Joel Miller – Austin Aikikai
  • Stephen Miller – Kenosha Aikikai
  • Janice Taitel – Aikido Center of Dover
  • John Van Kirk – Aikido of Ashland Kentucky


  • Meipo Martin – Capitol Hill Aikikai
  • Jonathan Weiner – Aikido of Charlotte

Yamada Sensei and NYA Receive Letter From The Mayor

On Saturday, June 7th, the New York Aikikai hosted a large party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Yamada Sensei’s arrival in New York City. In acknowledgement of this historical event,  he was presented with a letter from William de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City.  A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking here



Yamada Sensei Featured In Crain’s New York Business Magazine

On the eve of Yamada Sensei’s 50th anniversary of his arrival in New York City and the New York Aikikai, the June 2nd edition of Crain’s New York Business Magazine features a full-page interview with him entitled “Yamada Sensei is 76. What’s your excuse?” Written by one of Crain’s top reporters, Daniel Geiger, it features of full-color photo of Yamada Sensei and celebrates Yamada Sensei’s half-century of teaching throughout the United States and the world at large. You can access the full article here:

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