Jason Austad began training Aikido in the year 2000, in southern California at Kenshinkan Aikido of North County. under the instruction of Ken MacBeth Sensei.
In 2005, Jason had the opportunity to become a live-in student (uchideshi) at Nippon Kan Aikido in Denver, Co. After graduating from this three-month uchideshi program, Jason was invited by Gaku Homma Sensei 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.
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."
Throughout the years 2012-2017, Jason then continued to advance his training through the curriculum and uchideshi program at Aikido of South Florida under the instruction of Stephanie Yap Sensei.
In 2013, Jason earned an additional 2nd Dan and then subsequently a 3rd Dan ranking (2016) in Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai from Stephanie Yap Shihan, 7th Dan.
As of 2018, Jason Sensei and the Aikido Bismarck dojo are now extremely honored to be accepted into the family of dojos led by of Mark Larson, Sensei (Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo, Iwama Takemusu Aikikai). Larson Sensei, "Takuto" was a direct, long-term student and last “American Uchideshi” of Morihiro Saito Shihan, one of the primary students of the founder of Aikido, O'Sensei.
Jason Sensei is also a regular attendee of regional, national and international Aikido seminars. Jason has been honored to receive countless hours of instruction from many additional great teachers over the years, epsecially Mark Larson Sensei of Minnesota, Patricia Hendricks Shihan of San Leandro, CA, and Ken MacBeth Sensei (California).
Aikido Bismarck's students have also regularly traveled to national and international seminars including Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo (Mark Larson Sensei) and Aikido of Winnipeg (hosting Pat Hendricks Shihan), Aikido Nippon Kan of Denver, Colorado (hosting Hitohiro Saito Soke), and Winnipeg Aiki Shuren Dojo (Hosting Mark Larson Sensei).