University of Iowa Aikikai History
   
Fall 1971 Jeff Fox received permission from Shihan Y. Yamada to found the Iowa Aikikai at the Field House in Iowa City. Members included Jerry DeWees, Barb Yates and Kirk Neff.
December 1974 Jeff Fox moved the Iowa Aikikai to Des Moines. The dojo in Iowa City was renamed the Iowa City Aikido Club with Jerry DeWees as head instructor.
October 1976 Jerry DeWees moved to Des Moines after Jeff Fox moved to California. Barb Yates became head instructor in Iowa City.
1977 Barb Yates moved to Japan. Jon Dalrymple became head instructor in Iowa City. Practice was moved to Halsey Gym.
September 1979 The Iowa City Aikido Club became a registered student organization.
January 1980 The Iowa City Aikido Club became a lesson program at the University and a full member of the Midwest Aikido Federation.
April 1980 First visit by Shihan Akira Tohei.
A picture from one of his first visits.
March 1981 Iowa City Aikido Club MAF Membership Roster*
January 1982 The Iowa City Aikido Club was renamed the University of Iowa Aikikai. Tom Yates became head instructor.
August 1983 David Montgomery became head instructor.
August 1984 Classes were held outside as the Halsey Gym location was closed and the Field House location was being renovated.
October 1984 The dojo moved to its present location in the Field House.
January 1986 Muscatine Aikikai founded by Dan Rohde from the University of Iowa Aikikai.
September 1989 Davenport Aikikai founded by Al Potts as an associate dojo of the UI Aikikai.
January 1994 Fairfield Aikikai founded by John Strouss as an associate dojo of the UI Aikikai.
January 1995 Grinnell Aikikai founded by Eric Sotnak as an associate dojo of the UI Aikikai.
March 1996 25th Anniversary Seminar with Shihan Akira Tohei.
October 1998 Cedar River Aikikai founded by Larry Mendenhall as an associate dojo of the UI Aikikai
October 2000 Diana Harris becomes head instructor.
January 2001 University of Iowa Aikikai changes USAF affiliation to East Coast.
April 2001 University of Iowa Aikikai 30th anniversary seminar with Clyde Takeguchi, 7th dan, and Michael Friedl, 6th dan.
November 2001 Fall Seminar with with Daniel Laurendeau 5th dan from McGill Aikido, Montreal, Quebec
May 2002 University of Iowa Aikikai spring seminar with Clyde Takeguchi and Michael Friedl.
December 2002 Fall Seminar with Ariff Mehter, 6th dan, Aikido of Cincinnati.
May-June 2003 Spring Seminar with Y. Yamada Shihan, 8th dan, and Head of the United States Aikido Federation, and Charlie McGinnis, 5th dan, Aikido of Cincinnati.
February 2004 Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 6th dan, New York Aikikai.
April 2004 University of Iowa Aikikai spring seminar with Clyde Takeguchi and Michael Friedl.
September 2004 Barbara Summerhawk, 6th dan, from Tokyo, Japan and former head instructor of University of Iowa Aikikai, visited and taught some classes.
November 2004 University of Iowa Aikikai Fall Seminar With Greg O'Connor, 5th dan, Aikido Centers of New Jersey
March 2005

University of Iowa Aikikai spring seminar with Clyde Takeguchi, 7th dan, Capital Aikikai, and Michael Friedl, 6th dan, Aikido of Ashland.
See picture(s) here.

April 2005 Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 6th dan, shidoin, New York Aikikai.
September 2005

University of Iowa Aikikai and Aikijuku Dojo co-sponsor a seminar with Abe Seiseki Sensei in Iowa City.

March 2006 Seminar with Dave Millar, 4th dan, & Bill Plank, 4th dan, senior and chief instructors at Capital Aikikai.
June 2006

35th Anniversary Seminar with Yoshimitsu Yamada, shihan, 8th dan, and Knut Bauer, 4th dan.

October 2006

Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 6th dan, shidoin, New York Aikikai.

April 2007

University of Iowa Aikikai spring seminar with Clyde Takeguchi, 7th dan, Capital Aikikai, and Michael Friedl, 6th dan, Aikido of Ashland.

October 2007

Fall Seminar with Ariff Mehter, 6th dan, Aikido of Cincinnati.

March 2008

Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 6th dan, shidoin, New York Aikikai.

October 2008

Fall Seminar with Irvin Faust, 6th dan, shidoin, Albany Aikido (NY).

October 2009

Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 7th dan, shidoin, New York Aikikai.

March 2010

Spring Seminar with Clyde Takeguchi, 7th dan, Capital Aikikai

November 2010

Seminar with Gordon Sakamoto, 6th dan, Northern Virginia Aikikai.

March 2011

Spring Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 7th dan, New York Aikikai

October 2011

Seminar with Harvey Konigsberg, shihan, Woodstock Aikido

March 2012 Spring Seminar with Clyde Takeguchi, shihan, Capital Aikikai
November 2012

Seminar with Daniel Laurendeau, 6th dan, McGill Aikido, Montreal Canada

April 2013 Spring Seminar with Jane Ozeki, 7th dan, New York Aikikai
November 2013 Fall seminar with Didier Bertrand, 3rd dan and former UI Aikikai instructor and Chuck Renner, 5th dan, Springfield (MO) Aikido School
March 2014 Spring Seminar with Harvey Konigsberg, shihan, 7th dan, Woodstock Aikido and John Chiarolanzio, 4th dan, Aikido of New Paltz
October 2014 Fall Seminar with Laura Pavlick, 6th dan, shidoin, Litchfield Hills Aikikai
 
Our thanks to the University of Iowa and especially to the Recreational Services Division.

We also thank all the members of this dojo and the many aikido students from around the country who have shared our practice over the years.



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