Aikido Center of South Texas
Aikido Center of South Texas has been offering traditional aikido in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas since 1998. Our master teacher was Hiroshi Kato Shihan. Kato Sensei(d. Dec 2, 2012) was a direct student of O'Sensei Morihei Usehiba (the founder of aikido). We are members of the Suginami Aikikai in Tokyo, Japan and members of the Texas-based Shudokan Aikido Association. Through Suginami Aikikai, Shudokan dojos relate to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo (Aikido World Headquarters) in Japan and our black belt certificates bear the signature of Moriteru Ueshiba, the grandson of the Founder of Aikido.
Joe Cavazos Sensei now resides in Houston, Texas where he was getting first hand teachings from Hiroshi Kato Shihan and close friend Jorge Garcia Sensei, president of the Shudokan Aikido Association. Cavazos Sensei's top students: Tim Kikos, Sensei, has taken over as Chief Instructors for the RGV dojos with help from Serafin Padron. Our regional group currently consists of dojos in Mission (TX), Harlingen(TX), Laredo(TX), Nuevo Laredo(Mex), Monterrey(Mex) and Cd. Valle Hermoso(Mex). Shudokan Aikido Association is the groups' not-for-profit charitable corporation in the state of Texas. Our regional group is the Mexico / South Texas Region and holds quarterly seminars to keep our group up-to-date with Kato Shihan's teachings.
Location: 319 W. Tom Landry St., Mission, TX 78572 and 516 W. Van Buren, Harlingen, Texas 78550
What is Aikido?
Strikes (atemi) are not absent altogether from the strategic arsenal of the Aikidoist, but their use is primarily (though not exclusively) as a means of distraction. A strike is delivered in order to provoke a reaction from the aggressor, creating a window of opportunity, facilitating the application of a throw, pin, or other immobilization.
Joe Cavazos is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Aikido Center of South Texas and currently holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) through SAC and Tanakaha Aikido as well as a Sandan (3rd degree) through the Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai) - directly from Moriteru Ueshiba. Cavazos Sensei is a direct student of Hiroshi Kato Shihan, Hachidan (8th degree black belt) from Japan. Kato Shihan is the founder and director of the Suginami Aikikai and is a member of several Internation Aikido Federation boards. Cavazos Sensei considers himself an aikidoka despite having trained in several styles of the martial arts.
Joe was recognized by the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame on May 15, 2004 and was also recognized in 2004 by Who's Who in Martial Arts for his contribution to the martial arts. Joe was also inducted into the Hawaiian Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006. Tim Kikos is the head instructor of ACST, ranked nidan (2nd degree black belt) through the Aikido World Headquarters in Japan (Aikikai). Tim Kikos Sensei travels frequently to Shudokan Aikido Association seminars and visits the Mexican dojos. Upcoming Events
Joe was recognized by the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame on May 15, 2004 and was also recognized in 2004 by Who's Who in Martial Arts for his contribution to the martial arts. Joe was also inducted into the Hawaiian Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006.
Tim Kikos is the head instructor of ACST, ranked nidan (2nd degree black belt) through the Aikido World Headquarters in Japan (Aikikai). Tim Kikos Sensei travels frequently to Shudokan Aikido Association seminars and visits the Mexican dojos.
Regional Aikido Seminar
Aikido Center de Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas is hosting our regional seminar. Aikido of Laredo will be the site for the South Texas/Mexico group of the Shudokan Aikido Association in Laredo, Texas on the weekend of January 26-27, 2013. Seminar instruction will be given by Eliseo Muñoz (5th dan SAC, 4th Aikikai), Joe Cavazos (4th dan SAC, 3rd Aikikai, Jorge Garcia (4th Aikikai). You will see different styles of aikido by practitioners with over 20 years of experience each - all trying to forge a road towards the style of our shihan - the late Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan aikikai. Please bring your bokken, jo, and tanto.
Location: 604 Shiloh, Suite 7, Laredo, TX 78045