John Araujo Sensei holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and the title of Shihan. He is the President and founder of the Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation. He has over 35 years martial arts experience and began his Martial Art career in 1979 at age 7 through Master John Almeida (Hanshi) 8th dan, Shotokan Karate Style with whom he studied for 10 plus years. At the age of 17 he was introduced to the Martial Art of Aikido, where he went on to train under Jack Leonardo Sensei at the New Bedford Aikikai, who was a student of Kanai Sensei, Koichi Tohei, and Yamada Sensei. After Leonardo Sensei's passing Araujo Sensei joined Aikido Wellness Center in Dartmouth Ma. under Don Cardoza Sensei for several years.
Among Araujo Sensei's time training at New Bedford Aikikai he enjoyed instruction from high rank instructors from Japan and the U.S. In early 2000 Araujo Sensei attended a Tenshin Aikido Seminar in Florida. Araujo Sensei trained with Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, Craig Dunn Sensei, Luis Santos Sensei and Elliot Freeman Sensei, who were all direct students of Steven Seagal Shihan.
Araujo Sensei trained for several years in Tenshin Aikido until when he realized he had obtained all the knowledge availible to him from his former Shihan. Resigning from his former Shihan, the Aikikai and the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, Araujo Sensei started a new chapter in his Tenshin Aikido career. With his many years of studying the Tenshin methodology, Araujo Sensei was set to begin spreading Steven Seagal's style of Aikido.
Araujo Sensei also has experience in Judo, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu,Tactical Law Enforcement training, Finger locks (Yubi Dori), Pressure points, Lethal and non-lethal force, and Weapons training. Araujo Sensei is an inspiring teacher and and holds a deep passion for the power of Aikido. Araujo Sensei is the DojoCho and Chief instructor at Aikido of Bristol County located in New Bedford, MA.