Iran Aikido started in 1998 when Ahmad Ali Aghsaghloo (Ali Sensei) gained his Third Dan, and instructing Aikido certificate from Yasuo Kobayashi Shihan and came back home from Japan.

Ali Sensei started Aikido in Japan in 1990 under remarkable masters such as: Kobayashi Shihan, Ishigaki Shihan, Horikoshi Shihan, F.Yoshida Shihan and J.Saito Shihan.

He practiced hard to master the Wazas and mind of Aikido. He was instructed Aikido under remarkable instructors such as: Yoshida Shihan, Ishigaki Shihan, Kobayashi Shihan and Horikoshi shihan. He gained his Shodan in 1993, Nidan in 1995, Sandan in March, 1998, yondan in 2005, and Godan in 2011.  During years of practicing Aikido in Japan, he also used to instruct Aikido in some Dojos for 5 years.

In 1999 when he came back to Iran he started to instruct the real Aikido. The Aikido that, was instructing in Japan and Hombu Dojo. He started with one dojo and few practitioner. As you are also aware, and Kobayashi Shihan advised him “the practitioners choose the instructor.” The number of his students rose up so that he needed to have more dojo. now there are about 50 dojo under his instructing in Iran with nearly 2500 practitioners.

In April, 19, 2006 Hombu Dojo recognized I. R Iran Aikido officially:

“Aikikai Foundation, the Aikido World Headquarters hereby recognizes the Islamic Republic Of Iran Aikido (Ali Dojo), as an official organization in Islamic Republic of Iran established according to the rules and regulations of the Aikido World Headquarters, for instruction and training in the art of Aikido following the principals laid down by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. To which we set our hand and seal this 19th day of April, A.D 2006.  Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, chairman Aikikai Foundation”

Now Ali Sensei can conduct Dan promotional examinations and all who can pass his examinations will receive their Dan Certificates directly from Hombu Dojo that are conferred by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.

As Hombu announced, there are 223 Shodan, 68 Nodan, 16 Sandan, 7 Yonda, and one Godan Iran Aikido member practitioners. please notice these statistics will be change every few months.

Iran Aikido's tree is: O' Sensei, Doshu, Kobayashi Shihan, Ishigaki Shihan, Ahmad Ali Agh-Saghloo Sensei