Steve Fasen Sensei (ASU Godan), Saotome Ueshiba Juku
Chief Instructor & Dojo Cho of Shindai Dojo…
Stephen A. Fasen was schooled in Minnesota, attending St. John’s University, St. Cloud State College and St. Cloud State University. While little of the saintliness of his parochial experiences wore off, he did graduate with a BS in Art Education (K-12) and a MA+40 in fine arts in Ceramics & Watercolor. Leveraging the degrees, and jeopardizing the intellectual development of Sr/Jr. High school students, he developed art education curriculum and taught art in the 70’s. During that period he had his first physical brush with Japanese culture while studying ceramics, in Japan under (now) living national treasure Tatsuzo Shimaoka.
Teaching proved to be spiritually rewarding, but detrimental to his financial well being, so Fasen Sensei made a transition to non-academic pursuits. He founded Fasen Arts, Inc. and went into private business in 1979. He currently operates several companies out of Orlando with locations around the United States. He has continued to be involved in secondary and post secondary education through sponsored scholarships, program support, as a lecturer and as partner in education. In addition, he is active with a number of charities and memberships in community organizations, including president of the Rotary Club of Windermere.
Steve was introduced to Budo and Japanese martial arts by a fellow arts instructor, who was a Sandan in Shotokan Karate. He started training JKA Shotokan in 1980 under Scott Karakas and Robert Fusaro Sensei. Fusaro Sensei was the primary student of Hidetaka Nishiama. Steve received his Yudansha rank from Hidetaka Nishiama Sensei starting in 1987 and continued his studies in that art full time through 1992. In 1988 Steve moved to Orlando, Florida. In the latter part of 1989 Steve was introduced to Aikido and Dennis Hooker Sensei. After a cautious beginning he found the elements that had been missing in his personal Karate training and settled in to train Aikido full time.
Fasen Sensei trains throughout the US, and abroad. Besides his teacher (Dennis Hooker Sensei), primary influences include M. Saotome Shihan, Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Frank Duran Shihan, Francis Takahashi Shihan, George Ledyard Sensei, Kevin Choate Sensei (RIP), Greg O’Connor Sensei, Todd Jones Sensei, heck… and really everyone he has trained with over the last quarter century plus in Aikido. In addition, his extensive relationships with a diverse group of Aikidoka and instructors around the country has made his training rich and rewarding. He owes them all a debt of gratitude that can not be met by anything but continued sustained effort. Fasen Sensei continues to train actively as a senior Yudansha in the ASU. He is a senior student of the late Dennis Hooker Shihan, a Senior Instructor, and the Chief Instructor of Shindai Aikikai Aikido Dojo, Orlando.
Steve Fasen currently resides in Windermere, Fl with his gorgeous wife of 44+ years, surrounded by an ever demanding group of grandchildren. He happily applies his Aiki principles to community, a great extended family, wonderful children, and interacts most effectively with his seven marvelous grandchildren. Life is good.
Train always. In this moment and the next… expand your mind, challenge your body to establish the integrity to house a powerful spirit. Make your posture reflect the nobility of effort and Budo. Empathize and serve others when you can. Sit when you can no longer stand. Rest fully when you are dead. SF