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Old 08-05-2009, 11:20 AM   #17
jimbaker
Dojo: Aikido of Norfolk/ Aikido Society of Memphis
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Re: Rank Certificate Issuance

All of these organizations have strict standards for rank and for admitting new dojos. They do not get Aikikai ranks, except where noted.

Iwama:
The Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai under Saito Sensei's son (although they have no US dojos listed) is independent of the Aikikai Hombu.
http://www.iwamaaikido.com/english/

Iwama in the US:
The Takemusu Aikido Association under Bill Witt Shihan
http://www.takemusu.org/

The Iwama section (Division One) of the CAA under Hendricks Sensei.
http://www.ai-ki-do.org/

Neither was a fulltime student of O Sensei; both were students of Saito Shihan. They get dan ranks through the Aikikiai Hombu.

Tomiki:
Japan Aikido Association/USA is associated with the Shodokan in Tokyo
http://homepage2.nifty.com/shodokan/en/network.html

There's an amazing array of quite respectable Tomiki style groups in the US, but they weren't founded by a first generation student of O Sensei and have no Japanese connection.

Yoshinkan:

International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, currently run by Shioda Shihan's son has several US dojos
http://www.yoshinkan.net/02contentsE/shibuE.html

Aikido Association of North America under Utada Sensei (who was a student of Shioda, but not so much a student of O Sensei). They issue their own dan ranks
http://www.doshinkan-aikido.org/
http://www.doshinkan-aikido.org/join/

Aikido Yoshinkan Yoseika, founded by Terada Shihan. In the US, it's under Parker Shihan.
I believe they get rank through the IYAF, or are registered through the IYAF.
http://www.seikeikan.com/ayy/index.html

Shinwa Taido:
founded by Noriaki Inoue, a nephew of O Sensei. They have several dojos in the US
http://www.shinwa-taido.org/#

Jim Baker
Aikido of Norfolk
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