United States Aikido Federation
The major benefit of the United States Aikido Federation comes from its
dissemination of knowledge. With several
Shihans (master instructors) circulating about in the United States giving seminars, teaching at summer camps,.
etc., we are provided with a diversity of knowledge and styles necessary for the continued
development of our Aikido. (For further promotions of Dan grades, attending these seminars
is mandatory.) Another source of knowledge is from visiting Hombu dignitaries. At least
twice a year these people come to us with new ideas in our ever developing art. These visits,
usually in the form of seminars, stimulate and invigorate all of us, and help the Shihans
maintain what might otherwise be a lethargic, stagnated, fragmented collection of
A direct line of communication exists from Hombu to the USAF. This provides direct
certification of Dan grades and worldwide recognition of all promotions.
Nearly every year, members are given a chance to make a pilgrimage to Hombu Dojo. This
is a reduced fare plane trip for a month long stay in Japan. The prime reason for this trip is
for the student to acquire some of the cultural background of the Japanese people as well as
having the privilege of studying at Hombu.
Because teachers are being certified by the USAF. Teachers Committee, the teaching of
Aikido will continue to rise to a higher level.
A standardization of all tests and the testing being given only by specifically designated
teachers, is one of the great boons of a well run organization.
Please e-mail us with any questions about NVA or this web site.
Design ©1998 Flashicon.
Portions of this site written by Sensei
Eugene Waddell, 5th Dan, 1911-1990.
Northern Virginia Aikikai • http://www.aikidoka.com