Jason Rawlings, 2nd Dan
with Max Roach Sensei
I began my martial arts training in Longmont, Colorado in 1992 through a parks and
recreation program. I got interested in Aikido through a supervisor at work and through watching Steven Seagal
movies. I trained in Colorado for 2 years before moving to Utah.
It took a few years to settle back into Aikido after the move. It was
difficult to train in Aikido at the time, so I trained in the arts of Hapkido, and then American Kenpo Karate,
until I made my way back to Aikido. After the break from Aikido, I realized now more than ever that Aikido was the
art for me.
Hugh Young Sensei
I started training at Utah Aikikai in 1998 under owner and founder
Hugh Young Sensei. Young Sensei trained at a number of dojos, including Hombu Dojo in Japan. After moving to Salt
Lake he opened Utah Aikikai and introduced his style of Aikido. Training close with Young Sensei for a number of
years I fell in love with his style and teaching method.
Young Sensei later moved and left the dojo in the hands of Rick Berardini Sensei.
With Hugh Young Sensei leaving I took it upon myself to keep his style of Aikido alive. I trained for a number of
years under Berardini Sensei earning my 1st and 2nd degree black belts at Utah Aikikai through Hombu Dojo in
Japan. I also took advantage of the opportunity to train in Utah County with Terry Gettling Sensei. I would
teach at Utah Aikikai and train with Sensei Gettling in Utah County as often as I could.
Gettling Sensei is an incredible martial artist and teacher. It gave me the
opportunity to continue to be taught and also the opportunity to teach Young Sensei's style of Aikido. Training
with Gettling Sensei I got involved in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. It complemented Aikido nicely. I found Professor Pedro
Sauer teaching in Orem, Utah at that time. I trained with Professor Sauer for a couple years along with training
with Gettling Sensei. Studying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with Professor Sauer was a chance in a life
I hope to bring my experience in the martial arts, particularly
Aikido, to my classes. My dream is to teach the Aikido that I have learned from some of the finest instructors
anywhere. To teach the art as a way of life, not just self defense on the mat.
Utah Aikikai 1998-2012
Kansha Aikido Dojo / Utah Valley Aikido 2002-2009
BJJ - Professor Pedro Sauer 2004-2005
American Kenpo Karate 1996-1997, 2011-2012
Longmont Aikido 1992-1994