Field Trip on October 15 to Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay

The USF gym is closed on October 15 due to an outside event.

Let’s take advantage of this situation and have a field trip to Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay. Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay overlooks our training and promotions. Many of our USF alumni now train there, including some of our substitute teachers! This field trip will be a great opportunity to meet members of our Aikido community. It is also a great opportunity to train under one of the highest ranked teachers in the area: Sensei Don Ellingsworth.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact so that we can find you a carpool.

See on you on their mat!

Fall 2014… Begin!

We were overwhelmed with last Friday’s turnout. The beginners did a great job picking up on the Bokken Kata and our senpai did a fine job teaching. Keep it up, everyone!

Classes this semester meet:

Wednesday 8:00 to 9:30pm in REC 005

Friday 8:00 to 9:30pm in REC 101

Saturday 2:00 to 4:00pm in REC 101


6/8/14 Three new 5th Kyu

Pat Mahoney, Zac Atlas, and Wael Al-Sawai were tested at Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay for their 5th Kyu today and, needless to say, all three passed. Every one of our students did a terrific job representing University of South Florida Aikido at today’s test. Congratulations to our new 5th Kyu members.

Training News for 2013

Thanks to the hard work of Stephanie, Maurice, and other officers, we have gotten the club reinstated as an active USF organization! We have requested to have our training schedule in the USF REC Center re-established for January 2013. Chances are we won’t have the full schedule we had last year “on the mat”, but we do expect to have our old space and time a couple days a week. Stay tuned for schedule announcements!

Also, congratulations to Mike Schnake for passing his shodan test. Mike has been training for over 20 years, and has always been a staple member of USF Aikido!


Come rain or shine, class is a go for tonight. We will be focusing on kyu testing prep for the next few weeks as requested. Meet at the “bouncy tree” by the Fine Arts building and if it’s raining we will relocate. See you all there!!

Good News and Scheduling Update

Good News! We have a temporary indoor space on campus through roughly mid-August, keeping us out of the summer storms. We have also updated our training schedule.

We will now be meeting Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9pm in FAH 102 in the Fine Arts building.

If you need a map of campus, you can find the PDF here:

Seminar: 8th Annual ASU Florida Rokudan Seminar at USF Tampa, August 11-12 2012

Please join us as our club hosts the 8th annual Florida Rokudan Seminar. As always, there will be black belt testing, instruction by several of ASU’s most senior instructors, and visitors from across the US!

Facebook Event Page:
Flyer: 2012_6dan_Seminar

Payment: Full Weekend ($75):

Payment: One day ($50):

Payment: Single Class ($25):

Scheduling update

Scheduling update: Friday and Sunday classes will not be held at Barry and Meredith’s house starting this week. Instead, students are encouraged to visit the Largo dojo for John Messores Sensei’s classes on Friday evening (6:30pm and 7:40pm) and Gary Clementi Sensei’s class on Sunday morning (9:45am). As always, students are encouraged to visit the other classes at Largo. See their schedule page for details at JionJuku Academy of Warrior Spirit for classes.

Also, Monday evening class with Hagen Sensei will be in Largo at Jionjuku for the next couple weeks. Feel free to use the Facebook page to organize carpooling groups.

USF Aikido Summer Training

USF Campus Rec has been changing the rules to do away with all martial arts clubs like ours – and they have finally succeeded in deactivating our club and removing our access to the Recreation Center. If you call and ask about us, you will be told that we are not holding classes.

However, it’s not true!
Over the summer, we will be holding outdoor weapons classes in front of the Campus Recreation center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm, Fridays at 7pm at Barry and Meredith’s house, and Sundays at 2pm also at Barry and Meredith’s.

This is a temporary situation. Training will continue, and the Club will continue. We will move to a permanent off-campus facility, and change the USF Aikido Club to a different category so that it does not require access to the Campus Rec facility. Pay attention to the Club Facebook page for announcements and details.

The actions by Campus Rec are motivated by politics, bureaucracy and ambition – but not by any actions of the Club, and not by any responsible consideration of what is best for USF students, or for providing a diversity of activity options for students beyond large, traditionally Western competitive sports. Our Club has been growing, and we look upon this event as an opportunity for us to grow to the next stage. We hope you’ll join us for the adventure!