We have formally changed our name from Japan Aikido Association (USA) to Tomiki Aikido of the Americas. The change was made for two reasons:
First, our organization has affiliated clubs outside of the United States, in other areas of the American continents; and, as part of our goal to grow Tomiki Aikido, we will continue our efforts to teach and expand Tomiki Aikido in North, Central and South America.
Second, we believe that the new name will be more consistent with both Tomiki Sensei's teachings and our own strong belief as Americans in the fundamental importance of international cooperation, equality, transparency and due process. Accordingly, we have decided to adopt a name that more clearly reflects who we are, our principles, and our deep belief in the strength and viability of the concepts, ideas and Aikido that Tomiki Sensei taught to us.
Sensei Keith Benedix passed away on Monday, February 4, 2008 in Chicago, IL. Keith was the JAA/USA CFO and a very excellent aikidoka. He will be missed.
We compiled all tributes about Keith into the a single PDF. Please click here to download the PDF document.
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