New York Aikikai Instructors
The New York Aikikai was established in 1962 with
the help of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba
(O Sensei), to teach traditional Aikido.
Our chief instructor, Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th
Dan is a direct student of O Sensei and continues to teach traditional aikido as it was developed at
O Sensei’s dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
Yamada Sensei has personally trained all instructors
at the New York Aikikai. With a vigorous mix of both
seasoned veterans and exciting, fresh faces, the
teaching staff offers unmatched inspiration for intense,
in-depth training on all levels. Several of our instructors
have opened dojos of their own in the New York
metropolitan area while maintaining their connection
to the New York Aikikai. All have had many years of
intensive training and teaching experience in the US
and abroad, and all have met Yamada Sensei’s rigorous
standards to qualify as a New York Aikikai instructor.
Y. Yamada Sensei
Seiichi Sugano, 8th Dan, Shihan
In Memoriam (December 17, 1939 - August 29, 2010)