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Yousuf Mehter was born in Burma. His interest in martial arts began during childhood, when he and his brothers sought to learn various martial arts. He began his formal martial arts training in 1965 at the age of 17, studying aikido under U Thaung Din in Burma. He also studied karate at that time, earning a black belt. Additionally, he played on Burma's National field hockey team as a young man. In 1974, Yousuf Mehter moved to Syracuse, NY, where he continued his aikido training at Aikido of Central New York, which had been founded by his brother Ariff Mehter four years earlier. In 1978, Yousuf graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a master’s degree in Entomology. That same year, his brother Ariff moved to Kentucky, and Yousuf became the Chief Instructor of Aikido of Central New York.

Yousuf Mehter is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation and the International Aikido Federation. He was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan in 2005 and was given the title Shihan in 2016. Under his leadership, Aikido of CNY thrived and grew into a diverse and vibrant community in which the emphasis is not only on technical excellence in martial arts, but also on spiritual, emotional and intellectual development. In 2012, Yousuf Mehter moved to Virginia, transferring leadership of Aikido of CNY to long time student Jonathan Reid, 5th Dan. He does however maintain an active role in the dojo and returns regularly to teach seminars. He also travels to teach seminars in various locations and serves as an advisor for Summit View Aikido, founded in 2015 by long time student Cong Nguyen, 5th Dan.

Yousuf Mehter Sensei is known for his impeccable speed, precision, and timing as a martial artist. He is respected by people around the world not only for his technical mastery in aikido, but also for his hospitality, compassion, and generosity of spirit. As a teacher, he emphasizes the importance of diligent and focused daily practice. Off the mat, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.