The New York Aikikai is home to Chief Instructor Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th Dan, He is the last remaining live-in student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, and is the Technical

Director of the United States Aikido Federation.

With over fifty-seven years of history, the New York Aikikai is an international aikido destination, drawing students and visitors from the United States and around the world to learn from Yamada Sensei.