Our dojo was founded in 2004 by a small group of interested students and an instructor committed to Aikido’s teachings of service, sincere self-improvement, and joy. Sensei's vision, that anyone can train and develop their own self-mastery through Aikido, lives on in his students and the dojo community he inspired.
Traditional Aikido of Sarasota is dedicated to developing and maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and supports each person’s capacity for growth through our shared practice of Aikido, The Way of Harmony.
- Janice Bass
- Jerry Jordan
- Laura Hackle
- Susie Fernandez
- John Sing
- Frank Gomez
All of our instructors have been through the Fukushidoin certification course and come from various backgrounds.
Barry Tuchfeld, (1947 – 2017) held the rank of Yondan (4th degree Black Belt) in Aikido and Shidoin, a Certified Aikido Instructor. He conducted seminars, was a consultant, public speaker, and publisher about how principles of Aikido apply to everyday life as well as providing self-protection skills. Barry Sensei has trained over 25 years in Aikido, including direct training with Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan and as a long time student of Hans Goto Sensei, 7th Dan and Dennis Tatoian, 7th Dan. As a life-long educator with a PHD in sociology and social psychology, Barry Sensei worked with universities, think tanks, and as a consultant to major corporations and small businesses.
Our dojo is a member of the Takemusu Aikido Association, which supports the growth and development of Aikido students worldwide, provides advanced training opportunities, and certifies our Dan (Black Belt) Examinations and Instructors.