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  Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan
 


Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, a direct student of O Sensei for more than ten
years,is an 8th dan and the chief instructor at the New York Aikikai.

Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of the United States Aikido Federation
and the Latin America Aikido Federation. He is the author of Aikido Complete
and has made multiple Aikido training tapes.

Read an online interview with Yamada Sensei.

  United States Aikido Federation (USAF)
 


The United States Aikido Federation is a non-profit organization made up
of affiliated Aikido dojos and clubs from all areas of the United States. It is
recognized as an official representative of the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido
World Headquarters in Japan.

The USAF serves the interest of it’s affiliated dojos by developing and
improving the practice of Aikido, establishing grading standards, and
representing the interests of its members in the Aikikai Foundation.

The USAF registers all dan (black belt) grades with the Aikikai Foundation
and all kyu (non-black belt) ranks within itself. It promotes many seminars
and training camps throughout the United States and also publishes Aikido
East, a quarterly email newsletter.

The USAF is organized with a Board of Directors made of senior USAF
members and a Technical Committee comprised of a group of Shihan
resident in North America.