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, studied under O Sensei, the founder of Aikido, as a traditional martial arts uchi deshi (live-in apprentice).He 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 and opportunity for training on all levels.
Several instructors have opened dojos of their own in the New York area while maintaining their connection to the New York Aikikai.
Y. Yamada Sensei