The shodan (1st degree black belt) examination of Carrie Matteoli, member of the University of South Florida Aikido dojo (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com). The exam was held during the annual Florida Rokudan Seminar, which was hosted this year by the ASU Sarasota dojo on August 21, 2010.
An easy method for teaching soft backward breakfalls (ukemi), that can introduce even beginner students to back breakfalls without injury or fear. Demonstrated by the members of University of South Florida Aikido (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com)
Below features a clip (courtesy of AikidoJournal.com) of renowned Koichi Tohei Shihan teaching a seminar at the University of South Florida in 1965. Tohei Shihan was an uchi deshi (live-in apprentice/disciple) of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei and himself the founder of the international Ki Society (Shin Shin Toitsu). You can clearly see the “USF” logo on the wrestling mat he is teaching upon. His primary uke is Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, the current head of the United States Aikido Federation.
The following picture shows Tohei Shihan and Yamada Shihan posing together with one of our own instructors, a very young Daryl Schrader Sensei.
Tohei Shihan passed away in May, 2011.