In Memoriam

Steven Shaw Sensei

Steven Shaw Sensei began his training in Iaido under the watchful eye of the late Rev. Kensho Furuya at the Aikido Center of Los Angeles. While there, he trained in Aikido and Iaido where he received the ranks of Nidan and Sandan respectively. As his training progressed, Shaw Sensei assisted with Aikido instruction for the Children’s Aikido program, and beginning Iaido.

In an effort to provide an alternative lifestyle for his growing family he decided to move to Colorado. Furuya Sensei wrote to Hombu dojo in Japan to ask for recommendations where Shaw Sensei should train. Hombu dojo’s response sent Shaw Sensei to train under of Izawa Sensei at Aikikai Tanshinjuku where he soon became a senior instructor in Aikido and chief instructor of Iaido.

Since moving to Colorado and the passing of Furuya Sensei on March 6, 2007, Shaw Sensei maintained his connection with the Aikido Center of Los Angeles and its Iaido Instructors.  Shaw Sensei strove to develop his iaido and walk the path with a beginner’s mind.

On March 9, 2019, Shaw Sensei passed away leaving his loving wife and their children. “May the Force Be With You” Sensei…