History and Lineage of Jikishinkan Aikido Dojo and the Brooklyn Buddhist Association

Jikishinkan Dojo and Brooklyn Buddhist Association were founded by Sensei Joseph Jarman. Sensei Jarman holds Godan rank in Aikido (5th degree black belt), and was a long-time student of the late Shihan Fumio Toyoda, founder and Chief Instructor of the Aikido Association of America. Sensei Jarman is also an ordained Shin Buddhist priest, having studied and practiced under the direction of the late Rev. Gyoko Saito, Abbot of Higashi Honganji North America. Sensei Jarman also holds certificates in Zen Bodywork and Calligraphy. A well known and influential jazz musician, Sensei Jarman was also one of the founding members of the Chicago Art Ensemble. Extensive information, discographies and interviews are available on the internet, including:

In the summer of 2005, Stewart Johnson, a long-time student of Sensei Jarman’s. became Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho. Sensei Johnson practiced Aikido since 1992 under the direction of Sensei Jarman, and currently holds the rank of Godan (fifth degree black belt). A self-taught Buddhist, Johnson Sensei began formal Buddhist practice under Sensei Jarman and took formal vows under Rev. Saito in a ceremony conducted at the dojo in 1996. Each student at the dojo today can trace his Aikido training lineage directly to the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, as follows:

Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, founder - K. Ueshiba, Doshu -- Fumio Toyoda Shihan --- Joseph Jarman Sensei ---- Stewart Johnson Sensei