Aikido of CT was established as the 13th Dojo in the United States in 1965 by Ralph Chiaradia Sensei. Chiaradia Sensei offered a traditional soft style of Aikido that focuses on Ki development. Chiaradia Sensei received his training from Koichi Tohei Shihan and Mitsugumi Saotome Shihan- students of the founder of Aikido, Morehei Ueshiba. He practiced Aikido continuously for 52 years up until the week before his passing on May 18, 2016.
He believed that Aikido was a way of moving that is expressed though techniques. He created an open learning environment which enabled each individual to develop their own Aidido.
Chiaradia Sensei October 8, 1931 to May 18, 2016
Joanna Chiaradia Tedone Sensei Started taking Aikido with her father when she was 10 years old. She was the first female shodan in Aikido in the United States. She practiced with her father up until her passing in 2012.