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Kevin Schenk, CNY Central
Posted: 01.28.2009
Interview with Aviv Goldsmith Sensei, 5th dan (Adobe PDF format) (text format)
Aviv Goldsmith Sensei, 5th dan,
AIKIDO in Fredericksburg
“Sensei Yousuf Mehter is one of the finest martial artists and finest human beings I have ever known. He magnetizes students with his precise and effective technique, his kindness and his wisdom.”
Robert Temple, 4th dan.
“It has been my pleasure to have been your student of mind, body, and spirit since August of 1987. In all of this time you have continued to help me to grow as a person and as a martial artist. You have taught me to strive to be the best that I can be in all aspects of my life. You have been a teacher, a mentor, a father, and a friend to me. I want to thank you for all these things Sensei, I am an immeasurably better person for having you in my life.”
Charlie Colbert, Shodan, Aikido
"I started studying Aikido with Sensei Mehter as an older adult (62) with no prior martial arts training. I was immediately interested in Aikido and impressed by Sensei's skills. There were many times that I felt discouraged by my lack of skill but Sensei Mehter always encouraged me to continue at my own pace, to see how much I had learned and gently pushed me to do more than I thought I could accomplish. Over the years I became more and more impressed with his character as well as his martial arts skills. Sensei is kind, generous and compassionate. I have learned as much from him off the mat as I have learned on the mat. He continues to be an inspiration to me."
-Margaret Gelfuso
"I cannot write enough positive statements about Sensei Yousuf Mehter. From my first class in 2008 onward Sensei Mehter's skills as a martial artist, his excellent teaching and his ability to meet you at your physical level and push you beyond are first rate. Most importantly training in Aikido has allowed me to meet and get to know Sensei Mehter. His warmth, generosity, sense of humor, positive attitude and ethical spirit shine through. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to try Aikido and train with Sensei Mehter."
-Peter Scheibe