Michael Friedl is a 7th degree black belt in Aikido. He is also a Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Shorei/Kempo Karate. Friedl Sensei began his Aikido training in 1972 under Clyde Takeguchi Sensei in Madison, Wisconsin. Friedl Sensei became a live-in student (also known as a uchi deshi) for Takeguchi Sensei from 1975-1977 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1978 Friedl Sensei established a dojo in Burlington, Vermont. He moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1979 and started a small club in which both Bob Peterson and Kate Nehrbrass were members. Friedl Sensei affiliated with Frank Doran Sensei in 1979 and has been a student of his since that time. Friedl Sensei was uchi deshi for Saito Sensei in Iwama, Japan from 1981-1983. There he studied weapons intensely and the Iwama style of weapons remains a strong influence in his weapons style to this day. Friedl Sensei returned to Ashland in 1986 and started a dojo at the Ashland YMCA in 1987. In July of 1994 Aikido of Ashland opened it's doors to dojo members. Friedl Sensei is a member of the Teaching Committee of the California Aikido Association.
Aikido of Ashland opened in March of 1995 with a celebratory seminar from March 24-26. Below are pictured some of the instructors who were present. From left to right, Hugh Young Sensei of Utah Aikikai; Michael Friedl Sensei of Aikido of Ashland; Mike Namura Sensei of Milwaukee Aikido Club; Clyde Takeguchi Sensei of Capitol Aikikai, Silver Springs MD.; Frank Doran Sensei of Aikido West, Redwood City, CA.; and Craig Fife Sensei of Aikido Northwest, Portland, OR. The opening seminar was attended by over 100 guests.
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