Yondan Promotion

Congratulations to Kristen Kuebler Sensei on her promotion to ASU/Aikikai Yondan. This great accomplishment was celebrated after a public presentation at Shindai Dojo with ASU Shihan George Ledyard Sensei in attendance. It was pointed out that Kristen has, and continues to, warrant this recognition for all the right reasons !! She was back on the floor to train the following day.  Rei

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Rokudan Promotions

Steve Fasen Sensei (Senior Instructor and Chief instructor of Shindai dojo) and Brian Canin Sensei (Shindai Dojo Senior Instructor) have received ASU and Aikikai promotion to the rank of 6thDan (Rokudan) . The ranks were recommended in 2017 by the ASU through M. Saotome Shihan, and announced internationally during the annual Kigami Biraki celebrations at Aikikai Hombu Dojo Japan on January 14, 2018.

Saotome Shihan presented the certificates formally at Shindai Dojo in April of 2018.

Saotome Sensei Seminar

Saotome Sensei Seminar

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Residents of our Kamiza


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




Dr. David Jones Sensei Rokudan








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.

RIP Sensei.

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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.

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