CHIEF INSTRUCTOR | james graves, 6th dan aikikai
Jim started Aikido in 1981 at Mount Pleasant Aikido. During this time, he had the opportunity to travel the world and train with many of Morihei Ueshiba’s original students, including a brief stint as a live-in student with the late Morihiro Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan. Jim began teaching Aikido in 1985 and became chief instructor of Mount Pleasant Aikido shortly after. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant instructor at Aikido Center of Los Angeles. In 1991, he cofounded City Aikido of Los Angeles, where he remained a senior instructor until 2014. In 2015, Jim reestablished Southland Aikido in the Los Angeles area, a dojo he originally founded in the early nineties where he taught until he matriculated for graduate school. Jim is the dojo’s chief instructor for aikdo and iaido, and is a Shidoin (certified instructor) with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF).
Graves Sensei is pictured above (right) demonstrating a bokken kata. Uke: Chris Bushra