The Aikido Association of America (AAA)
is a national organization, founded by the late Fumio Toyoda Shihan and has continued under the Toyoda
family with his son, Stephen Tatsuo Toyoda. The AAA is
based in Chicago. Its mission is to promote training in the art of
Aikido, to foster quality, professional Aikido instruction, and to ensure
continuation of the teachings of Fumio Toyoda Shihan.
Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo) in Japan carries on the traditions
and practice of Aikido internationally through several organizations. As part of this
network, the AAA is an extension of Hombu Dojo.
The AAA provides instruction in all aspects of Aikido,
recognition of schools, rank certification by standardized tests, and instructor
certification. It currently has more than 100 affiliated dojos worldwide.
An active calendar of seminars and
cultural events ensures that students from all over the world have regular
opportunities to receive instruction from Teaching Committee instructors.
Instructor Seminars are held annually to renew teaching certifications.
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