About Takemusu Aikido

The Founder considered Takemusu Aikido to be the highest form of Aikido. Takemusu contains two Japanese characters: Take (Bu) = Martial, and Musu = To be born. These two characters combine to refer to martial movement spontaneously created, without active thought, resulting in a pure Aikido technique.

He felt that one's training went through four major periods of development: Basic Technique, Flexible Technique, Flowing Technique, and finally Takemusu Aiki. He considered this final form of Aikido to be attainable by anyone through practice.

About the Takemusu Aikido Association

The Takemusu Aikido Association is dedicated to the development and dissemination of Aikido based on the highest ideals of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, O-Sensei. The Association does this by continuing and promoting the Founder's traditional teaching and training methods as passed on by his longest direct disciple, Morihiro Saito, Shihan.

The Takemusu Aikido Association is an association of dojos, clubs, and individuals who have a common interest in Aikido. It functions for the mutual benefit of its members, serves as a center of support to its members, and promotes Aikido nationally and internationally. The Association is managed by a Board of Directors of Senior Instructors. Members take turns volunteering to fill the administrative roles of President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The Association is recognized as a qualified Aikido organization by the Aikikai Foundation, the Hombu, in Tokyo, Japan. It seeks to work cooperatively with other Aikido organizations nationally and internationally. This recognition enables the Association to obtain from the Aikikai Foundation internationally registered and recognized ranks for qualified students of its members.

The Association follows the teaching and training philosophy of Morihiro Saito, Shihan. Saito Shihan's method of training and teaching has greatly influenced the senior members of the Association. We have all trained for various lengths of time with him and feel his training methods, style of Aikido, and long personal association with the Founder have significant value to our own progress in Aikido. We have found that this view has strengthened our relationships with each other and gives us a common purpose.

Takemusu Aikido Association Officers


Senior Instructor


Bill Witt, Shihan
3809 Carlson Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA

Witt Shihan
Goto Sensei throwing Jenny


Hans Goto
1345 Via Sessi
San Rafael, CA 94901  USA
Phone: (415) 455-0971
email president



Hoa Newens
1503 Cape Cod Street

Davis, CA 95616   USA
email treasurer

Photo of Sensei Hoa Newens at Aikido in Fredericksburg


Lisa Jensen

Aikido of San Juans
1252 Loma Linda Drive

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 USA
email secretary


























Special thanks to our current and prior webmasters

  • Joseph Sumalbag, Redfern Budokai (2008 - present)
  • Alex Nelson, Aikido in Fredericksburg (2007 - 2008)
  • Tim Tsai, Tupelo Aikikai  (2006 - 2007)
  • Sean Hollender, Aikido of Conway Arkansas (2004 - 2006)
  • Greg Jennings, Capital City Aikido (2001 - 2004)