Patrick Cassidy is a 6th dan Aikikai Aikido instructor. He has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. His primary teacher was Saito Morihiro Shihan (1928 – 2002), whom he studied with in Japan for 6 ½ years. He also spent extended time studying with Robert Nadeau Shihan, Peter Ralston and Richard Moon Sensei.
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Yoshiaki Yokota Shihan was born in 1958. He started doing budo with a judo and became a Captain of the Judo Club in a Junior High School at the age of 12. He soon found more interest in Karate and had an Aikido club in a High School. So at the age of 15 he was doing both Karate and Aikido. Continue reading “Yoshiaki Yokota”
Christian Tissier was born on February 7, 1951 in Paris, France. He began aikido at the age of 11 under the Jean-Claude Tavernier in his native city and soon on moved to train under the Mutsuro Nakazono, 7 Dan Aikido Aikikai. In 1968 Christian received a 2nd Dan from Nakazono Sensei and made a plan to go to Japan after. Continue reading “Christian Tissier”
Nobuyuki Watanabe was born on July 25, 1930 in Miyazaki Prefecture. Sumo was the first budo on his way and at secondary school he started Judo. He also made Jukenjutsu but really liked and considered Judo to be the best martial art possible before he got thrown with the Shiho-Nage…
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Yoko Okamoto holds a rank of a 6th Dan in Aikido Aikikai, a status of Shihan. She is the most respected female-sensei in Aikido and a very respectful instructor in Japan. Continue reading “Yoko Okamoto”
Igor Zakharevitch was born on March 23, 1963 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. Igor is my first and current aikido teacher and I learned from him much more than people are able to explain with words. Continue reading “Igor Zakharevitch”
Hiroshi Ikeda was born on January 8, 1950 in Tokyo, Japan. He joined the Kokugakuin University and the aikido club there of which Mitsugi Saotome Shihan was a chief instructor. After the graduation he trained regularly at Hombu Dojo of Aikikai and in Saotomes Reimeijuku Dojo in Tokyo.
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