JOHN ARAUJO SHIHAN
BUSHIDO TENSHIN AIKIDO FEDERATION PRESIDENT

Bushido TenShin Aikido Federation

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 Shihans time training at New Bedford Aikikai he enjoyed instruction from high rank instructors from Japan and the U.S. In early 2000 Araujo Shihan attended a Tenshin Aikido Seminar in Florida.  Araujo Shihan 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 Shihan 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 Shihan started a new chapter in his Tenshin Aikido journey.  With his many years of studying the Tenshin methodology, Araujo Shihan was set to begin spreading Steven Seagal's style of Aikido. 

Araujo Shihan 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 Shihan is an inspiring teacher and holds a deep passion for the power of Aikido.  Araujo Shihan is the DojoCho and Chief instructor at Aikido of Bristol County located in New Bedford, MA.

Today Araujo Shihan and travels throughout the country teaching and sharing his Tenshin Aikido. Not only is Araujo Shihan a member of the I.I.M.A.A, I.M.A.F. & several other martial arts organizations, he is a technical Aikido advisor and representative for the International Independent Martial Artists Association.


In Araujo Shihan more private life he enjoys quality time with his wife and family.​​

John Araujo Shihan holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and the title of Shihan.  He is the President and founder of the BTF. 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 

The Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation (BTF), formed in May of 2012, is the membership organization that affiliates dojos throughout the country and international under the instruction of John Araujo Shihan. The BTF is a not-for-profit organization (501-c3), providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members. The BTF not only oversees the practice of Aikido and its instruction but also develops and maintains rigorous technical standards, while advancing and promoting the practice of Aikido through various activities. The BTF registers dan grades directly, while standardizing all ranking requirements consistent with its regulations. The BTF also organizes, promotes and conducts aikido demonstrations and international seminars, encourages activities of member dojos.


The direction and management of the BTF is under the governance of a board of directors, a technical committee, and a director of operations. The chairman of the technical committee and president of the board of directors is John Araujo Shihan, chief instructor of Aikido of Bristol County. Araujo sensei leads the BTF with a profound understanding of aikido and its history. Under Araujo sensei’s leadership, the primary focus and priority of the BTF board and committees is to maintain a unity through technical standards for all members, to create a strong cohesion between and accessibility to senior instructors of aikido world-wide, and to implement a clear pathway for the continuity of our high standards of practice.

The BTF is dedicated to practicing and sharing our Aikido. We are free from politics, egos and distractions. We provide positive, supportive guidance on and off the mat to help everyone succeed and achieve their aikido goals those seeking to convert from other forms will find we honor all ranks and certifications. We seek to provide more skills, not replace the ones you have earned already.

The BTF does not advocate, support, or practice unlawful discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.


If you are interested in joining the BTF please check out the federations website http://www.aikidoofbristolcounty.com/