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. Brooks began his Aikido training in Chicago in 1979 under the direct instruction of Akira Tohei, 8th degree black belt and direct disciple of Aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba. Brooks trained with Tohei Sensei for the next 17 years. In 1996, Brooks Sensei then relocated to Scottsdale, AZ to continue his career in Physical Therapy and open his Aikido school, "Aikido of Scottsdale". Then in 1999, upon the passing of Akira Tohei, Brooks was appointed to the Midwest Aikido Federation technical teaching and examination committee to carry on Tohei Sensei's 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 soon 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. In 2017, Yamada Sensei promoted Brooks to the esteemed level of "Shihan", the highest level of instructor. Brooks has trained throughout the world, including Japan under the most senior Aikido instructors in the world, most notably the founding Aikido 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, Rob Thomas and Stone Temple Pilots. He has fulfilled his dream of opening an Aikido school and humbly gives back to his beloved martial art every day.