The United States Aikido Federation

Toronto Aikikai is a member dojo of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), an organization of affiliated Aikido schools in the U.S., Canada and the rest of the world.

The USAF is a recognized official representative of the Aikikai Foundation (Hombu), the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Its mission is to promote and maintain the integrity of the martial art of Aikido as established by its Founder, Master Morihei Ueshiba, and as disseminated by the Aikikai Foundation. Among other things, the USAF registers and standardizes Kyu (white belt / undergraduate) and Dan (black belt / graduate) rank gradings according to Hombu's international regulations.

The affairs of the USAF are managed by a Board of Directors composed of senior aikidoists from a cross-section of member dojo. Responsibility for technical issues rests with a Technical Committee composed of a group of Shihan (master instructors) resident in North America. Toronto Aikikai's Chief Instructor, Robert Zimmermann Shihan is a former member of the Technical Committee and a former member of the Board of Directors of the USAF.

All students at Toronto Aikikai are required to join and maintain ongoing membership in the USAF when examined for their first grading.

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