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Home > Columns > George S. Ledyard

George S. Ledyard (b. 11 May 1952). Aikido 6th Dan Aikikai, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Aikido & Defensive Tactics Instructor. B. in Syracuse, NY. Direct student of Mitsugi Saotome beginning in 1976 at the Washington DC Aikikai. After moving to the Seattle area in 1982, attended the Seattle School of Aikido under Mary Heiny as well as the Seattle Aikikai under Bruce Bookman. Other aikido training influences include Hiroshi Ikeda, Tom Read, Ellis Amdur, and William Gleason. In 1986, became chief instructor of the Seattle School of Aikido through 1989 when he opened Aikido Eastside where he currently teaches. In 1993, founded "Defensive Tactics Options," an aikido-based police defensive tactics training program and has conducted training for local departments, corporations, and security agencies. Also, teaches at the Bellevue Community College Administration of Criminal Justice program. Demonstrated at Aiki Expo 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taught Defensive Tactics class at Aiki Expo 2003.

Date Author Title Discussion
September, 2006 George S. Ledyard What is Aiki? Discussion
February, 2006 George S. Ledyard Thank You to My Teachers Discussion
January, 2006 George S. Ledyard The Nature of Aiki Discussion
December, 2005 George S. Ledyard Teaching Aikido as Michi - A Path Up the Mountain Discussion
November, 2005 George S. Ledyard Clarity and Self-Delusion in One's Training Discussion
September, 2005 George S. Ledyard Aikido - What It Is and What It Isn't Discussion
May, 2005 George S. Ledyard Initiative, Timing, and Spacing (Part II of II) Discussion
April, 2005 George S. Ledyard Initiative, Timing, and Spacing (Part I of II) Discussion
March, 2005 George S. Ledyard Ultimate Martial Art? Discussion
February, 2005 George S. Ledyard O-Sensei's Aikido Discussion
January, 2005 George S. Ledyard Women and Everyone Else in Aikido Discussion
December, 2004 George S. Ledyard Transmission in Aikido, Part II Discussion
November, 2004 George S. Ledyard Big Mind, Little Mind Discussion
October, 2004 George S. Ledyard The Nature of Ukemi Discussion
September, 2004 George S. Ledyard Transmission in Aikido Discussion
August, 2004 George S. Ledyard The Use of Atemi (Striking) in Aikido Discussion
June, 2004 George S. Ledyard Lack of Spirituality Discussion
May, 2004 George S. Ledyard True Self Defense Discussion
April, 2004 George S. Ledyard Weapons Training in Aikido Discussion
March, 2004 George S. Ledyard Aikido and Aiki Discussion

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