Making Shodan

I was very fortunate that at the seminar where I was recently promoted to Shodan, I got the chance to see one of my teachers having his shomenuchi ikkyo technique being corrected by his teacher’s teacher. He very respectfully knelt as he listened to the correction, accepted it in earnest, and then attempted to put…

Road to Sandan

I was telling some friends about my upcoming Sandan test a few weeks ago and they asked me a question that I had never honestly thought about, “Why are you testing for Sandan?  What do you get from it?”  To really answer that question, I need to start from the beginning – discuss why I…

It's what under the surface

It’s what under the surface

It’s what under the surface As a culture, I really believe we are goal-oriented in most things we pursue. Our job.  Our desire to improve our life.  Our health.  I think healthy competition is a good thing.  It can motivate us to reach the next level in our journey, whatever the case may be.  The…

shodan promotion

Shodan Promotion

Shodan Promotion “Brent, Congratulations on a very strong performance.” -Sensei Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin, Chief Instructor “Proud Teacher and even more proud best friend! A cultivation of many years of hard work, dedication and commitment. Shodan translates as ‘Serious Student’, welcome to this new level of training Brent-san, you earned it!” -Sensei Jonathan Weiner,…

6th Dan Promotion!

We are pleased to announce the promotion of our Chief Instructor, Sensei Dennis Main, Shidoin to Rokudan (6th Dan) from Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan, President of the United States Aikido Federation. Main Sensei has been studying and teaching Aikido since 1970 directly under Shihan Andy Demko, 7th Dan, USAF Technical Committee and Chief Instructor…

Recent Black Belt Promotion!

On April 13-14, Several Aikido of Charlotte students and instructors headed to the 2012 Atlanta Friendship Seminar taught by Y. Yamada Shihan, President of the USAF. We are pleased to announce Steve Brandon’s promotion to Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt). It is a rite of passage to test in front of over a hundred aikido…