[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]As a result of the relationship between Shirata Rinjiro Sensei and John Stevens Sensei the Classical Aikido Association was created.

John Stevens Sensei moved to Sendai Japan 1973, where he became a Buddhist Priest and later Professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido Instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University.

Hanzawa Yoshimi Sensei introduced him to Shirata Rinjiro Sensei and Stevens Sensei became his faithful student. In 1984 Shirata Sensei and Stevens Sensei co-authored “Aikido, The Way of Harmony”.

As a professor, Stevens Sensei conducted  extensive research on O Sensei, Aikido and its philosophical and spiritual foundations, always with Shirata Sensei as his mentor and counsellor,  “Budo” by O Sensei was translated by Stevens Sensei. O Sensei’s life and legacy has been preserved in the numerous books and translations, published by Stevens Sensei which have always been supported by nidai and sandai Doshu.

Stevens Sensei attracted many international students, eager to combine Aikido training and the study of the Founder.

After a European seminar tour in 1989 the first international students commited to John Stevens Sensei. This can be seen as the birth of the Classical Aikido Association. It has now grown to have dojo’s in numerous countries all over the world and students and instructors from beginner level to 7th dan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]