Our Mission

Aikido Mountain West delivers world-class aikido training in a safe and welcoming environment, through senior instructors’ collaborative partnership. Together, our experienced instructors offer a contemporary approach to training in traditional Japanese martial arts and ways.

Objectives and Purposes of Aikido Mountain West

  • To serve in the promotion, preservation, and education of traditional Japanese cultural arts and ways including, but not limited to aikido and iaido. 

  • Hold instructional classes, seminars, and special events, within and beyond our facilities, for the benefit of the community. 

  • Provide print and media information regarding traditional Japanese arts and culture through website, social media, print publications, etc., as directed by the Board of Trustees.

  • Serve as a model of non-profit governance “best practices,” within traditional Japanese arts and ways and, in that capacity, serve as a resource for other organizations wishing to operate similarly. 

Come visit Aikido Mountain West! Feel the difference. Feel the connection. Find your community.


Aikido Mountain West - A Nonprofit Budokan
Board of Trustees


Aikido Mountain West is a nonprofit 501 c(3), founded by several of Utah's senior aikido instructors. As a nonprofit, our day-to-day management is handled by a Board of Trustees, which distinguishes us from dojos that are structured around the single owner/dojocho model.

Aikido Mountain West's Board of Trustees represents the largest collection of senior instructors in the mountain west.  The Board consists of Veera Kasicharenvat (5th dan aikido), Colin M. Roach (4th dan aikido & iaido), Wayne Belka (4th dan aikido), Sean Ellingson (4th Dan aikido), Linda Reed (3rd dan aikido), Frank King (3rd dan aikido), and Peter Choles (3rd dan iaido).   Together, these seven Trustees manage the dojo through consensus and build upon each others' strengths, ensuring the dojo community is stewarded with care, respect, and through best practices in both budo and business.  In addition to our Trustees, who serve as core instructors, Aikido Mountain West also boasts many other black-belt level instructors.  We are proud to affiliate directly with World Aikikai Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, through the CAA's Cyndy Hayashi and Frank Doran Shihan.  Come visit Aikido Mountain West: Feel the difference. Feel the connection.  Find your community.