6th Dan, Shihan
Chief Instructor Aikido of ScottsdaleGlenn Brooks hails from Chicago, IL. He graduated from Chicago Medical School, is a licensed Physical Therapist, holds a 6th degree black belt in Aikido and is an avid Crossfitter. In 1996, Brooks Sensei relocated to Scottsdale, AZ to continue his career in Physical Therapy and open an Aikido school to give back to his beloved martial art. Brooks Sensei has studied Aikido for over thirty-six years beginning under the direct instruction of Akira Tohei, 8th degree black belt and one of the last direct disciples of Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba. In 2000, upon the passing of Akira Tohei, Brooks was appointed to the Midwest Aikido Federation technical teaching and examination committee to carry on the Tohei legacy thru teaching seminars and conducting promotional testing for its vast membership. In 2003, Brooks Sensei was promoted to 5th degree black belt and awarded the title of Shidoin 'professional instructor' by Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th degree black belt and also direct disciple of Aikido founder. Brooks was then appointed [by Yamada Sensei] to serve on the US Aikido Federation Board of Directors. In 2009, Brooks Sensei was promoted to 6th degree black belt. Brooks has trained throughout Japan and the US under the most senior Aikido instructors in the world, most notably the founding family at the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Brooks Sensei also provides Personal Security services for the music and entertainment industry. His clients include Linkin Park, Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas. He has fulfilled his dream of opening an Aikido school and humbly gives back to his beloved martial art every day.