The seminar host is Max Roach Sensei, an SMAA certified teacher of iaido and aikido. Roach Sensei hosted the first SMAA Seminar & Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2005, and it was an outstanding success.
The featured instructors will be Cyndy Hayashi Sensei and Nicklaus Suino Sensei. Cyndy Hayashi Sensei, an SMAA member, will teach Aikikai aikido. Hayashi Sensei, sixth dan and an instructor at Aikido West in California, began training at Aikido of San Francisco in 1977. She trained there under Frank Doran Sensei, Robert Nadeau Sensei, and Bill Witt Sensei. She then traveled to Japan to practice with the legendary Saito Morihiro Sensei. After returning to the USA, she trained and taught at the Aikido Institute of Oakland and at Aikido West in Redwood City. She later became a dedicated student of Frank Doran Sensei. She has taught seminars in the U.S., Israel, and France.
Nicklaus Suino Sensei will be teaching Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido, which he learned from the late Yamaguchi Katsuo Sensei, tenth dan, and classical Kodokan judo, which he learned from Sato Shizuya Sensei (ninth dan) and the late Walter Todd Sensei (eighth dan). Suino Sensei studied budo extensively in Japan for several years. He has received Shihan teaching certification and a seventh dan from the SMAA Iaido Division, and he holds the rank of Shihan/sixth dan in judo. He is also the SMAA General Manager and the Co-director of our iaido division. Moreover, Suino Sensei is the author of several popular books on budo and iaido.
For more information about lodging, transportation, class times, SMAA member discounts, and fees, contact Roach Sensei. Here’s all you need to start making plans to attend the SMAA Utah Seminar, which is partly sponsored by the Aiki Atlas Foundation: