Shindai Aikikai Dojo Senior Instructors
Steve Fasen Sensei / Senior Instructor / designated Chief Instructor of Shindai Dojo
ASU 6th dan (Rokudan), Ueshiba Juku
Stephen (Steve) Fasen Sensei (6th dan) trains as a senior Yudansha in the ASU. Training in martial arts since 1980, he was promoted to Aikido (6th dan) Rokudan in 2018, In 2012 Fasen Sensei was honored by Saotome Shihan instructed to wear his Ueshiba Juku designation.
Fasen Sensei first engaged with Aikido in 1989. His journey to a dedicated student of Aikido parallels his life, education and career development.
He attended St. John’s University, St. Cloud State College, and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, earning degrees (BA) in Art Education and (MS) Ceramics & Watercolor. In the 1970s, he taught fine art at the Sr/Jr. high school levels, and developed art education curriculum for school districts. While doing graduate work in ceramics, studying in Japan under (now) living national treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo, Fasen Sensei had his first brush with Aikido.
Steve was initially introduced to Budo and Japanese martial arts in the late 70’s by a fellow teacher, a JKA Shotokan Karate Sandan. Steve began training JKA Shotokan in 1980, under (Midwest Karate Asso.) Robert Fusaro Sensei, who was the primary student of the late Hidetaka Nishiama Sensei. Steve was awarded Yudansha ranking from Hidetaka Nishiama Sensei starting in 1987, continuing his training through 1992.
The enhancement to his martial journey through Aikido has lasted more than 3 decades, beginning in 1989. In that time has trained under and with all ASU senior instructors, as well as a diverse group instructors within the U.S. and around the globe. His primary teachers include the late Dennis Hooker Shihan and David Jones Sensei of Shindai, M. Saotome Shihan of the ASU, and Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. He is quick to claim the great debt he owes to all of the teachers it has been his honor to train with.
In 1979, Fasen Sensei transitioned from his (spiritually rewarding but financially challenging) teaching career to non-academic business pursuits. He founded Fasen Arts, Inc., and several additional companies, which brought the family to Orlando in 1988. And…Shindai.
In addition to remaining an active member of the Aikido and Budo communities, Fasen Sensei has continued to be involved in educational art programs support, as a lecturer and partner in education. He also is active within various local charities, community organizations including Rotary, and national Veterans fundraising affiliations through the SWRMC.
Fasen Sensei has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 50 years. He has three grown children and seven grandchildren who lovingly call him Ada.
Brian Canin Sensei / Senior Instructor
ASU 6thDan (Rokudan), Ueshiba Juku
Brian Canin Sensei is a designated senior instructor and most “senior” student at Shindai Dojo. He started training Aikido in 1988 and became a Shindai student in 1989. He received Rokudan (6thDan) from Mitsugi Saotome Shihan in 2018. He continues to teach and train regularly as and octogenarian. His martial arts involvement goes back to his childhood in South Africa.
He a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, and earned his Architecture Degree from the University of Witwaterstrand and a master’s degree in Urban Design from Harvard University. Today, Brian Sensei is the president of Canin Associates, a Orlando-based design firm that specializes in providing solution-oriented community planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.
When not teaching and training in Aikido, Brian is still working, traveling, sailing and skiing. Brian Sense dedicates time to community support organizations and charities. His philanthropic nature and work with students are particularly remarkable. He lives in Winter Park, Florida with his lovely wife, Myrna. He has two grown children and four grandchildren.
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