Aikikai International, Inc. strives to be, first of all, committed to O'Sensei's vision that peace is better than war, that love is better than hate. In O'Sensei's shadow of dynamism, we invite people of all backgrounds, male and female, to join us on our quest to find peace within ourselves, and in the greater challenge to promote peace in the world. To accomplish this feat while having fun on the mat and developing life-long friendships is a gift that O'Sensei left the world.
Aikikai International, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida. It is affiliated with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, the World Headquarters of the largest Aikido organization based in Tokyo, Japan. Aikikai International, Inc. presently operates under the direct supervision of Takashi Ishikawa Sensei, 6th dan, of the Misasagi-Kai Aikido Federation based in Osaka, Japan. Aikikai International, Inc. is also a member of the California Aikido Association, Division I, that was directly sponsored and supervised by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, a 9th degree black belt and principal student of O'Sensei. Division I is presently headed by Pat Hendricks Sensei, 7th dan, a senior student of Saito Sensei.
Aikido is in essence, self-defense with a conscience. Do you want to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones without losing your sense of inner peace? Peaceful people need protection too! Try Aikido, a non-aggressive self-defense martial art that helps you acquire balance, control and center when others would simply panic.
Over the years, Ferguson Sensei has attracted diverse students from all walks of life and from many different countries who develop and build life-long friendships. Ferguson Sensei and his instructors have emphasized the safety and protection of ukes in every class since the dojo's founding in 1992.