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Dennis Hooker (6th dan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) is a graduate of Indiana State University with degrees in Sociology and Urban Planning and a budoka for over 40 years. He began his budo training in the mid 1960's while in the military. Dennis started his Aikido training while living in Terre Haute Indiana. At that time he would often drive 170 miles one way to Chicago in order to train at the Chicago Aikido Club which was under the direction of the late Isao Takahashi Sensei. The teachers and students of the Chicago Aikido Club were a profound influence upon his Aikido and life. After nearly dying of Myasthenia Gravis in the late 70's Mitsugi Saotome Shihan took over the direction of Dennis' training and began to work with him on his failing health. Dennis continues to train and teach as a principle student of Saotome Shihan (ASU). Dennis was awarded his 6th dan in Aikido by Saotome Sensei in 2000. He currently resides in Orlando, FL and is Master Instructor of the Shindai Aikikai Aikido Dojo. His sword training heavily influences his Aikido and Dennis believes the two should be practiced together. The Shindai Dojo in Orlando serves as a budokan and brings together most of the arts Dennis has been active in at some point in his life. While these arts include: Aikido, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, Judo and Karate, Dennis only teaches Aikido and Iaijutsu.

Date Author Title Discussion
October, 2005 Dennis Hooker Energy, Spirit, Consciousness Discussion
August, 2005 Dennis Hooker Breath Discussion

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