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The  United States Aikido Federation (USAF)is an association of dojos under the supervision of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei. One of the last active direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, Yamada Sensei created the USAF along with Kanai Sensei, Chiba Sensei and Tohei Sensei. Yamada Sensei is currently the USAF Technical Director. 


  • encourages friendship and cooperation among its member dojos and aikido dojos world wide, 

  • communicates aikido information for the benefit of its member dojos, 

  • announces aikido seminars sponsored by member dojos and 

  • hosts an annual week-long summer camp which is open to all aikido students. 

In addition to the USAF issuing kyu (white belt level) certificates for its members, the USAF is officially recognized by Aikikai World Headquarters (honbu dojo) in Tokyo, Japan, through which it registers all dan promotions.​ The USAF maintains friendly relationships with other aikido based organizations as part of its role as the US representative to the International Aikido Federation (IAF). It also has strong relationships with dojos in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  A direct lineage to O-Sensei and close relations with Hombu Dojo and Doshu (world leader of aikido) enhance the unique qualities of the USAF. A bright future for aikido in the United States is as vital to the USAF as its history.

USAF History

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