Aikido is a Japanese martial art whose roots date back to the 14th century in feudal Japan. This art is primarily a derivative of the art of Daito-Ryu. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969), referred to deferentially as “O-Sensei,” was a direct student of the head of Daito Ryu, Sokaku Takeda (1859 - 1943). O-Sensei was a deeply spiritual man who came to believe that Aikido had a higher purpose beyond being an effective form of self-defense. He saw Aikido as a means to make the world a more peaceful and safer place by teaching us to become more peaceful people. Aikido focuses on throwing or immobilizing opponents without seeking to intentionally harm the attacker. Aikido is practiced against both armed and unarmed attackers, utilizing the attacker’s energy to negate differences in height, weight, age, strength, and gender.
The founder of Shin-Budo Kai, Shizuo Imaizumi, began his Aikido career in April of 1959 while attending Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He trained at the headquarters ( Aikikai Hombu Dojo) of Aikido in Tokyo, Japan and founded an Aikido club at Waseda University.
In 1965, with the rank of Sandan (3rd dan), became an apprentice to the teaching staff and his career as a professional Aikido instructor began. During this period he frequently took ukemi (receive techniques) from O-Sensei during the early morning classes when O-Sensei would demonstrate and teach. After O-Sensei’s death in April of 1969, Imaizumi Sensei was chosen to accompany Waka Sensei (the son of O-Sensei) and his wife to enshrine the remains of O-Sensei at the Ueshiba family graveyard in Tanabe, Japan.
Koichi Tohei Sensei, 10th Dan, was the Chief Instructor at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo until he created his own organization, Ki-no-Kenkyukai (Ki Society) in 1974. Imaizumi Sensei followed Tohei Sensei in this new organization. Imaizmumi Sensei came to New York in 1975 to establish the New York Ki Society. He was also Chief Instructor in the United States for Ki Society. Imaizumi Sensei resigned from Ki Society in September of 1987 with the rank of 7th Dan.
Shin-Budo Kai was founded in October of 1988. Imaizumi Sensei continues to follow the teachings that he received from O-Sensei and other top instructors during his formative training years in Japan, while developing and offering his own perspectives on techniques, form and philosophy of Aikido. His weapons instruction draws from a variety of traditions, including the Itto Ryu and Shinkage Ryu, Aiki kenpo and Nihon Kendo styles of swordsmanship, and the Muso Ryu and Aiki Joho style of Jo (wooden staff) training.
Imaizumi Sensei continues to teach weekday evening classes at the New York City dojo (Shin-Budo Kai Hombu Dojo). Shin Budo Kai has affiliate dojos in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Austin, Texas, Bedford Hills, New York, Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, and Durango, Colorado.
Marc Abrams Sensei founded Aikido Arts of Shin-Budo Kai in Bedford Hills, New York on 2007. Abrams Sensei began training in the martial arts and fighting sports in 1973. He became a direct student of Imaizumi Sensei in 1988 and continues to train directly with him. Abrams Sensei currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Dan) in Aikido.