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  • Lester Loschky - Nidan. Practicing since 1995.
  • Don Eisele - Nidan. Practicing since 1999.
  • Matthew Ussary - Ikkyu. Practicing since 2006.

Technical Director:

Daniel Hayes serves as Technical Director for KSU Aikido. Currently he is Sandan (3rd Dan) and Fukushidoin (certified examiner) of the United States Aikido Federation. Dan originally studied under Peter Bernath at Florida Aikikai, and continued study with Jack Hayes and Jayne Thompson upon moving to Manhattan. He currently runs Chushin Aikikai in Omaha Nebraska.

Technical Committee:

Locally, a committee watches daily teaching to see that techniques are taught to Daniel's specificiations. This committee currently consists of the following instructors:

  • Lester Loschky
  • Don Eisele
  • Matt Ussary
Students with questions about testing should talk to members of the Technical Committee.

Please contact Tatsumaki Aikido if you are interested in observing or joining a class.

National/Global Affiliations

KSU Aikido is a member of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), Eastern Region, and the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan (links at left).

The USAF is currently headed by Yoshimitsu Yamada, Chairman of the Board, and a direct student of O Sensei for more than ten years.

Yamada Sensei is an 8th dan Shihan, and the chief instructor at the New York Aikikai. For more information on Yamada Sensei or New York Aikikai, please visit

Related Dojos

Dan Hayes currently runs Chushin Aikikai in Omaha, Nebraska. The Chushin Aikikai web site is:

Jack Hayes and Jayne Thompson currently run Thiel College Aikido in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Their web site is: