We welcome Darriel Johnson and Sean Lear to the Yudansha ranks of Shindai Dojo. They tested under a board led by John Messores (ASU 7th Dan Shihan), Stephen Fasen Sensei and Mike Page Sensei at the Florida ASU Regional Testing Seminar, that included instructors Melissa Bell Sensei and Guy Hagen Sensei.
Our congratulations to Dr. Ola karasik on her promotion to ASU Yondan, July 2017.
Dennis Hooker Sensei (7thDan) ASU Shihan / Founder / April 13,1946 – May 20 2014
Dr. David Jones (6thDan) ASU / Senior Instructor / Jan 13, 2016
Shindai Aikikai Aikido Dojo has a presence in the Aikido community. It is not only a unique space, but it harbors a unique spirit as well. All of this is due to our founder, our Sensei, our teacher and leader, Dennis Hooker Sensei. His legacy is significant and lies in the hearts of the many students that he has directed over the years.
A bell is rung daily in remembrance, and always will be.
We will miss him always. RIP
This memorial hangs on the wall of the Shindai Tea Room.
Dr. David Jones spent decades helping to solidify a hightened awareness in all who trained at Shindai. His singular understanding of the Budo arts, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the human condition, made his articulation enlightenment. We will miss his voice, instruction, humor, music, intensity… friendship.
Shindai is honored to be a contributing and supportive part of the new ASU Organization. This legacy membership organization is an established federal 501c3, with direct association to Hombu Aikidai dojo, that continues the work of M. Saotome Shihan with his permission and assistance.