About the MAF

The Midwest Aikido Federation is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the practice and teaching of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  The MAF was established in 1972 when Akira Tohei Sensei was sent to Chicago from Japan.  Under the direction of Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, leader of Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Tohei Sensei founded this organization to spread the teachings and traditions of Aikido and served as its Chief Instructor until his death in 1999.  His students now honor and preserve his legacy by passing on these teachings.

The MAF is an umbrella organization that accredits member dojo and individuals and serves as a link to the international Aikido community.  Through the MAF and its affiliation with Tokyo Headquarters, members are able to earn rank in Aikido that is recognized worldwide.