Jason Austad began training Aikido in the year 2000, in southern California at Kenshinkan Aikido of North County.
In 2005, upon graduating from the three-month uchideshi (live-in student) program at Nippon Kan Aikido in Denver, CO, Jason was invited by Gaku Homma Sensei (Kancho) to assist with instruction at Aikido seminars in Nepal and India. Jason earned his 1st Dan and then 2nd Dan ranking in Nippon Kan Aikido from Homma Sensei.
Homma Sensei was one of the last uchideshi of O'Sensei. His dojo, Nippon Kan Aikido, is one of the largest and most traditional dojo in the Rocky Mountains. Homma Sensei also founded the Aikido Humanitarian Active Network.
With the help of Homma Sensei, Jason was able to spend two months training Aikido at Aiki Shuren Dojo in Akita, Japan. In addition, Jason has trained one month as uchideshi in Iwama, Japan, under Hitohira Saito Sensei (Soke) and continues his training to this day in Iwama-style Aikido.
Early in his training at Nippon Kan, Jason was featured in this June, 2005 article in Denver Westword News, "Way of the Warrior."
Since 2012, Jason has been advancing his training with Iwama Shin-Shin Aikishurenkai USA, traveling to Hollywood, Florida twice a year for intense, 2-week uchideshi training at Aikido of South Florida under the instruction of Stephanie Yap Sensei.
Aikido of South Florida was founded by Stephanie Yap Sensei who has earned a 7th degree black belt from H. Saito Soke and the Menkyo Kaiden in Aiki-Ken and Aiki-Jo, awarded to her by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan.
Throughout her many years of dedication and diligence to the Saito Family, Sensei Yap, a member of Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai, has achieved the honor of being the highest ranked female in the organization.
In 2013, Jason earned an additional 2nd Dan ranking in Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai from Stephanie Yap Sensei, 7th Dan.
Since 2012, Yap Sensei and her uchideshi program at Aikido of South Florida has been instrumental in the technical development of Aikido Bismarck and its instructors.
Jason Sensei is also a regular attendee of regional, national and international Aikido seminars. In addition, Jason and Aikido Bismarck annually invite and host a world-renowned Aikido instructor for seminars in Bismarck, ND. Jason Sensei is the first dojo-cho to bring such world-class level Aikido instruction to the area.