Crane Sensei are the Dojo-Cho (Chief Instructors) of Aikido Agatsu Dojos, which they opened together in 1976. Both R. Crane & K. Crane Sensei currently hold the level of Nana Dan (7th Degree Black Belt) issued and presented in Japan directly by Aikido Doshu Ueshiba Moriteru, Aikido World Hdqtrs., Hombu Dojo, Tokyo. Both Sensei have also been presented Mokuroku (teaching certification) for Aiki-Ken & Aiki-Jo by the late Saito Morihiro, 9th Dan, former Chief Instructor of the Founders’ Dojo in Iwama, Japan.
R. Crane, Sensei is also the current President of Aikido Agatsu Remei, which certifies higher level ranking directly through Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. The Remei is an organization of Dojos which regularly offers classes in New Jersey, Nebraska, Alabama, Florida and Israel. The Remei is in full support of Aikido World Hdqtrs., Aikido Doshu, and the propagation of Traditional Aikido.
K. Crane Sensei was honored to receive the Camden County Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 2019 for her commitment to service throughout the South Jersey community through Aikido. Sensei also holds Teaching Level certification in Ikenobo Ikebana, a School of Traditional Japanese Flower Arranging with a 550 Year history. Her arrangements are regularly displayed at the Dojo and have appeared at the Shofuso Japanese House, Longwood Gardens, and at the Philadelphia Flower Show, along with other noted venue in the South Jersey area.
Together, Crane Sensei and Agatsu Dojos have been honored by the US Senate & Congress, as well as by State Legislators, law enforcement, and civic organizations for their dedication and contributions through their teachings of Aikido and its principles to the community.
In 1993, Crane Sensei released their comprehensive work, ‘Aikido In Training’, first as a hardcover and now in its second printing as a softcover. The successful publication of their book was followed closely be the 12-Volume “Aikido in Training’ DVD Series. ‘Aikido In Training’ has received extensive recognition worldwide as one of the authoritative works on the practice and principles of this unique Japanese Martial Art.