Arizona Aikido

 News and Notes


29 August 2014
We are proud to announce the following promotions:

Nancy -sankyu
Cameron -gokyu
Bryan -rokyu
Chad -rokyu
Dominic -rokyu


Death of Dennis Hooker Shihan

23 May 2014

Dennis Hooker ShihanWe were saddened to learn of the death of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba senior instructor Dennis Hooker, 7th dan, Shindai Aikikai, Orlando, FL. The only information we have at this time is the announcement of the arrangements on the Shindai Aikikai Web site. Click the photo of Hooker Shihan for information on his background.


29 March 2014
We are proud to announce the following promotions:

Thai -shodan
Nancy -yonkyu
Aaron -gokyu
Laurel -sankyu
Helmut -ikkyu
Cameron  -rokyu


Robert Ross Bugh, Sr. - Soke Bugh

26 March 2014
Funeral services for our friend, Robert Ross Bugh, Sr., will be held at St. Mary Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Arizona 85004, on Saturday, March 29, 2014. There will be a viewing at 8:45 a.m. and the funeral Mass will be at 9:45 a.m. You can read his obituary here.

Bobby was an early student of Jon Takagi Sensei and a long-time friend of both Takagi Sensei and Tsuneji Sakakibara Sensei. He had gone on to develop his own martial arts school, Shobu-Ryu Aiki-Tori-Te Jujutsu/Kobujutsu, Bugh Ha, and was recognized as 10th dan in 2006.

Photo of Jon Mamoru Takagi Sensei c. 1970

12 March 2014

Jon Mamoru Takagi Sensei c. 1970 Jon Mamoru Takagi Sensei founded Arizona Aikikai in 1968 and served as its Chief Instructor until his death, Feburary 5, 1984. This photo was taken in the First Street Dojo, just south of Roosevelt St., Phoenix, Arizona.

Thanks to Takagi Sensei's son, Koichi Takagi, for this photo.

Annual Ikeda Sensei Seminar 2022

14 November 2013
Please join us for our Annual Ikeda Sensei Seminar that will be held at Arizona Agatsu Dojo, 939 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013, December 9 - 11, 2022. Download a flyer for complete text

Death of Tsuneji (Tony) Sakakibara Sensei

4 August 2013

Sakakibara SenseiIt is with great sadness that we inform you that Tsuneji Sakakibara Sensei died the afternoon of July 22, 2013. He had gone into the hospital that morning and was being treated in ICU. His abdomen was filling with fluid and they were having difficulty keeping it drained. His blood pressure was out of control. He had septicemia (serious blood disease).

Sakakibara Sensei was born February 3, 1937, in Handa (Aichi), Japan. He had succeeded Jon Takagi Sensei as Chief Instructor of Arizona Aikido after Takagi Sensei's death. As his health started to fail, he took on the role of Chief Instructor Emeritus. He continued to teach classes at Arizona Aikido on a fairly regular basis. You can download this flier to post in your dojo.

Sakakibara Sensei's funeral will be held on Saturday morning, August 10, 2013, at Resthaven Park West Cemetery, 6450 West Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301, at 10:00 a.m. with internment to immediately follow the service. You can read Sakakibara Sensei's obituary here..


30 April 2013
We are proud to announce the following promotions:
  • Ken          - shodan
  • Paco        - ikkyu
  • Kaipo       - yonkyu
  • Nancy      - gokyu
  • Candace - rokyu
  • Andrew   - rokyu

Death of Kevin Choate Sensei

6 December 2012
This information was posted on the Chicago Aikikai Web site:

In Mourning
Posted on December 2, 2012 by stephen
Today our dear teacher, mentor and friend Kevin Choate Sensei passed away. I don’t have a lot of details at this moment but here is what I have:


Arrangements will be
Wednesday December 5th; 3-9
Ahern Funeral Home
6938 W. North Avenue, Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Kevin’s name.
Kevin’s Family

Dojo Stuff: We will be meeting Monday night to talk, plan, remember and see what the next steps are. A more formal dojo event for training drinking and remembering will be figured out and planned with more notice to allow fuller participation.

Thank you everyone for your notes and posts on facebook and via email.


29 November 2012
We are proud to announce the following promotions:
  • Laurel - gokyu
  • Marie  - yonkyu

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