Instructors

Instructors

All TCAC instructors have practiced at the dojo for many years. Through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s the dojo was in the Midwest region of the USAF under Akira Tohei, Shihan. Since 2004 it has been under the Eastern region of the USAF under Yoshimitsu Yamada, Shihan. These teachers have had a major influence on all the TCAC instructors.

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Jerry DeWees, sandan, began practicing Aikido in 1973. He has practiced in Iowa City, Des Moines, Tallahassee, New York, and St. Paul, and has been at TCAC since 1992. His primary influences have been Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan and Akira Tohei Shihan. Jerry is very grateful to all of the people who have taught and trained with him over the years, and he tries very hard to pass along what he has learned from them to the students at TCAC.

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Aikido practice in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota