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The Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation (BTF) is the membership organization that affiliates dojo's throughout the country and international under the instruction Of John Araujo Shihan. The BTF is a not-for-profit organization (501-C3), providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members. The BTF not only oversees the practice of Aikido and its instruction but also develops and maintains rigorous technical standards, while advancing and promoting the practice of Aikido through various activities. The BTF registers Dan grades directly, while standardizing all ranking requirements consistent with it's regulations. The BTF also organizes, promotes and conducts Aikido demonstrations and international seminars, encourages activities of member dojos.
The direction and management of the BTF is under the governance of a Board of Directors, a Technical Committee, and a Director of Operations. The Chairman of the Technical Committee and President of the Board of Directors is John Araujo Shihan, Chief Instructor of Aikido Of Bristol County. Araujo Sensei leads the BTF with a profound understanding of Aikido and its history. Under Araujo Sensei’s leadership, the primary focus and priority of the BTF Board and Committees is to maintain a unity through technical standards for all members, to create a strong cohesion between and accessibility to senior instructors of Aikido world-wide, and to implement a clear pathway for the continuity of our high standards of practice.
The Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation is dedicated to practicing and sharing our Aikido. We are free from politics, egos and distractions. We provide positive, supportive guidance on and off the mat to help everyone succeed and achieve their Aikido goals
Those seeking to convert from other forms will find we honor all ranks and certifications. We seek to provide more skills, not replace the ones you have earned already.
The BTF does not advocate, support, or practice unlawful discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background
Whether looking to start a club, or have an existing school, we welcome you in and will help you grow.
Several strategies are available for beginners and those accomplished Aikidoka looking to study the Tenshin ways. Seminars,& private sessions learning systems are available to help in your transition to this powerful martial art.
Aikido can be effective without having to invest years in practice.
Starting at day one, students are trained in foot work and how to manage a fall or takedown without injury.
This is immediately followed by in-depth striking and deflection training. This system allows students with only a short period of training to be able to deflect an attack while taking an advantageous position and execute counter strikes.
As understanding in techniques increase, so does the student's available martial tools. Before long, students can not only defend themselves through striking, but are capable of complete control over an attacker.
Bushido Tenshin Aikido provides a martial approach to the art of Aikido.
While honoring traditional Aikido, Bushido Tenshin Aikido takes a different approach by using both traditional and non-traditional attacks and techniques.
Built on the foundation of Tenshin deflections, footwork and ukemi, Bushido Tenshin Aikido forges a different path from the standard traditional Aikido.
John Araujo Shihan, President
Chief Instructor John Araujo Shihan holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and president of the Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation.
He has over 35 years martial arts experience and began his Martial Art career in 1979 at age 7 through Master John Almeida (Hanshi) 8th dan, Shotokan Karate Style with whom he studied for 10 plus years.
At the age of 17 he was introduced to the Martial Art of Aikido, where he went on to train under Jack Leonardo Sensei at the New Bedford Aikikai, who was a student of Kanai Sensei, Koichi Tohei, and Yamada Sensei.
After Leonardo Sensei's passing Araujo Shihan joined Aikido Wellness Center in Dartmouth Ma. under Don Cardoza Sensei for several years.
Among Araujo Shihan's time training at New Bedford Aikikai he enjoyed instruction from high rank instructors from Japan and the U.S. In early 2000 Araujo Shihan attended a Tenshin Aikido Seminar in Florida.
Araujo Shihan trained for several years in Tenshin Aikido until when he realized he had obtained all the knowledge availible to him from his former Shihan.
Resigning from his former Shihan, the Aikikai and the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, Araujo Shihan started a new chapter in his Tenshin Aikido career.
With the Tenshin Aikido of Santos Sensei, Elliot Freeman Sensei, Matsuoka Sensei & Craig Dunn Sensei, Araujo Shihan was began to spread Steven Seagal's style of Aikido.
Araujo Shihan also has experience in Judo, Daito-ryu Aikijutsu,Tactical Law Enforcement training, Finger locks, Pressure points, Lethal and non-lethal force, and Weapons training.
Araujo Shihan is an inspiring teacher and and holds a deep passion for the power of Aikido.
While Aikido is often refered to as a light art, Araujo Shihan has unlocked technique with tremendous power. His unique approach can add power and directness to any technique.
Today Araujo Shihan works full time and travels throughout the country teaching and sharing his Tenshin Aikido. Shihan is a part and a member of the I.I.M.A.A, I.M.A.F. & several other martial arts organizations.
Araujo Shihan is also an Aikido Technical Advisor & a Representative for the International Independent Martial Arts Association.
Araujo Shihan's private time, he enjoys fishing, hunting and quality time with his wife & family.
Brandon Needham Sensei, Vice President
Brandon Needham Shidoin Go-dan (5th Degree Black Belt) Chief Instructor of Aikido Of Benton County in Richalnd, Washington has been doing Aikido for over 20 years.
Sensei Needham has trained with several high rank Aikido instructors including Bernie Lau Sensei, Frank Ani Sensei, Jim Eggleston Sensei and Isoyama Shihan.
In 2002 while training at the Washington Aiki Dojo he attended a Tenshin Aikido seminar which was his first hands on introduction to Steven Seagals Shihan's method of Aikido.
After several years of studying Tenshin Aikido Sensei Needham moved to Eastern Washington, He opened his first Tenshin Aikido Dojo and began teaching Aikido in the Tri-City, Washington State area as part of the Washington Aiki Association.
In 2014 Needham Sensei was accepted into the Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation and is now a direct student of John Araujo Shihan.
Needham Sensei not only enjoys his full time work as a Law Enforcement Officer but enjoys all his quality with his family.
Needham Sensei oversees his young adult’s training and is a mentor & motivator to all members, in addition to serving as the head instructor and managing operations.