The Miami Aikikai est. 1978

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Eliot Rifkin - 6th dan

Eliot W. Rifkin started practicing Aikido in 1978, briefly under Sensei Steven House and then with Sensei Nelson Andujar, a direct student of Yamada Sensei. He was left in charge of The Miami Aikikai in the 1990s, when Nelson Andujar moved to Texas.

Rifkin Sensei believes in constant Aikido growth and continues his training by attending national seminars. He has been fortunate to have trained with direct students of the founder including Yamada Sensei, Tamura Sensei, Sugano Sensei and Kanai Sensei.

Rifkin Sensei has both his B.A. and M.A. in psychology and works as a lawyer. He has his own private practice, which focuses on real estate, family issues, and contractual law.

A message from Rifkin Sensei:
"At the Miami Aikikai, we strive to maintain a dojo that practices the traditional teachings of O'Sensei and his senior students, as well as maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie between students and an enjoyable experience. We understand that the students make the school and try to focus on everyone's needs."