Archives for January 2019

USAF Summer Camp 2019 Is Gearing up!

Save the date, stay alert, stay posted, and stay tuned. Information about registration will follow soon.

Another USAF summer camp not to be missed!

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2018 Year At A Glance

We would like to share with you our 2018 year-end report that was circulated to USAF Chief Instructors.  The formatting is for a trifold brochure, so please take that into consideration when you review the content.  We hope you find it informative and wish you a wonderful 2019.

2018 Year At A Glance

New Year’s Recommendations 1-1-2019

The following list comprises the 2019 New Year’s recommendations for 5th dan and above, and Shihan.


The recently posted list on Aikikai Foundation’s website can be found here: Kagami Biraki Grading 2019


  • David Babcock – New York Aikikai
  • Steve Bandy – Aikido of Dallas
  • Luis Cataldi – Raleigh Aikikai
  • John Chiarolanzio – Aikido of New Paltz
  • Shawn Dansby – Aikido of Cincinnati
  • Alberto De La Pena – Aikido of Dallas
  • Brian Ericksen – Heaven and Earth Aikido
  • Laura Gabbe – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Jamal Granick – Aikido of Park Slope
  • Michael Grover – Florida Aikikai
  • Jean Laplante – Aikikai de l’Universite Laval
  • Joshua Layton – Monteregie Aikikai
  • Janet Lowe – Florida Aikikai
  • Meipo Martin – Capital Hill Aikikai
  • Charles Oaks – Aikido of Dallas
  • John O’Connor – Long Island Aikikai
  • Martin Perez – Toronto Aikikai
  • Thanh Vinh Pham – Aikido de la Montagne
  • John Porter – Aikikai of Philadelphia
  • Mark Reichert – Cornell Aikido Club
  • Ahmed Rhando – Aikido School of Maghreb
  • Mary Dee Seabolt – Aikido Center of Jacksonville
  • Alexander Sorisky – Ottawa Aikikai
  • William Stairs – Ottawa Aikikai
  • John Thompson – Aikido of Denton
  • Paul Tigh – Aikido of Dallas
  • Robert Vichnis – Aikido of Park Slope


  • Thomas Berry – Aikido of Ashland
  • Fabio Chirinos – Dairyukai Aikikai
  • Cong Nguyen – Summit View Aikido
  • Jonathan Reid – Aikido of Central New York
  • Edward Schechtman – Center Island Aikido
  • Jose Maxcen Soriana – PAPA Aikido Michigan
  • Kevin Templer – Aikido of San Antonio
  • Christine Wong – Aikido of Santa Barbara


  • Douglas Firestone – Aikido of Westchester
  • George Kennedy – Aikido Center of Atlanta
  • TK Lee – Aikido of Houston
  • Charles McGinnis – Aikido fo Cincinnati
  • Joel Posluns – North Vancouver Aikikai
  • Yoko Okamoto – Aikido Kyoto, Japan (a non-USAF dojo, but promoted by Yamada Sensei)


  • Eugene Abarrategui – Aikido de la Montagne


USAF Code of Conduct & Membership Regulations

USAF Code of Conduct Revised 2019.11.18


2019: USAF Membership Regulations

2019 New USAF Dojo

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






Tenchi Aikido of Somerset

Chief Instructors: Sheila Cahilig & Jeffrey Marfil

360 Milltown Road

Bridgewater, NJ 08807



East Lake Aikido

Chief Instructor: Galen David

3359 36th Ave South

Minneapolis, MN 55406



South Bay Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Gustavo Rearte

1310 Shorebird Way

Mountain View, CA 94042



Cedar Rapids Aikikai

Chief Instructors: Jack Hayes & Jayne Thomson

1224 5th Street, SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401



Motor City Aikido

Chief Instructors: Jennifer & Steve Owczarek

50625 Van Dyke Ave

Shelby Twp, MI 48317

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