Albany Aikido is a traditional Aikido dojo. Aikido is a martial art promoting the harmony of mind, body and spirit. It is characterized by graceful, flowing, circular movements that lead an opponent’s energy into a controlled throw or pin to defuse a hostile situation. Since it is based on redirection, not strength, it is suitable for women and men of almost any age and body type.
Irvin Faust – Shihan 6th Dan – Chief Instructor
Irvin Faust Sensei has trained in martial arts for over 40 years. He holds a 6th degree black belt in Aikido and is also a Shihan (master instructor.) His instructor was Luqman Hakeem Sensei, who was a student of Yamada Shihan (New York Aikikai). Sensei also holds rank in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kung Fu.
Sensei has traveled to Japan to participate in training and demonstrations. He also teaches Aikido for clubs at RPI, local home-schoolers and local youth charities.