The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) is the parent association that accredits the testing and rank administered by the dojo.
ASU is headed by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. Saotome Shihan has devoted his entire adult life to the study and teaching of Aikido. Saotome Shihan is the chief instructor of the Aikido Shobukan Dojo, in Washington, D.C. and also serves as the supervisory instructor for more than 70 affiliated dojos of ASU. He currently resides in Myakka City, Florida. Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan is also a leading Shihan in ASU and he is head instructor at Boulder Aikikai, in Boulder, Colorado. The regional instructor for ASU in the southern states (including Georgia) is Dennis Hooker Sensei. Hooker Sensei is the Chief Instructor at Shindai Dojo, in Orlando, Florida.
The dojo certifies rank through the ASU. Aikido South administers tests in accordance with the requirements set forth by the ASU. The dojo reserves the right to test students when appropriate. Aikido South recognizes 6 degrees of white belt prior to receiving black belt status. These 6 degrees are listed in reverse numerical order (rokyu, gokyu, yonkyu, sankyu, nikyu, ikkyu). New students who have no rank are considered mukyu (no rank).
Non-ASU students are invited to train at the dojo, but they will not be eligible for testing or rank promotion.
There is a $45 fee associated with testing and promoting students. To pay this fee, please either use the link below, cash or check.
Membership to the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba has three requirements:
1. Student must be in good financial standing with the dojo
2. Student must be in good financial standing with ASU
3. Student must obide by the rules and regulations set forth by both the dojo and ASU
Students must observe these rules in order to hold rank with the ASU.
ASU charges a membership fee, collected annually in the beginning of the year.
Mudansha dues (non-black belt): $45.00
Yudansha dues (black belt): $85.00