Academy of Martial Arts

About Aikido

Aikido Martial Arts Florida Aikido is a martial art that evolved as a Japanese discipline and is now popular throughout the world. It was created in the 20th century through the lifelong study of its founder Morihei Ueshiba, whom Aikidoka respectfully refer to as O-Sensei (great teacher).

Aikido aims at a better understanding and awareness of oneself and one's relationship with others and the environment. It puts the philosophical concepts of non-violence, reconciliation, mutual respect and love for peace into practice - to be used in daily life as well as when protecting oneself, others or society.

Aikido is defensive in nature - not by being passive or mere reacting, but by actively choosing non-violent resolution over resorting to violent destruction according to the situation at hand.

Being able to make that choice necessarily involves the ability to resort to force to end a conflict, if the situation does not allow a non-violent resolution. In other words, employing the minimum amount of force and imposing the minimum amount of damage possible.

Aikido technique includes pins, throws and also occasional strikes - all of which rely essentially on one's ability to lead, blend, control and finally neutralize the attack out of an immovable center.

Shoshin Aikido Dojo is linked to Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan through Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, who was a longtime student of O-Sensei.

Shoshin Dojo Kissimmee

Welcome to Shoshin Aikido Dojo Kissimmee, Florida, which has Michael Kranz Sensei as it's chief instructor. We are affiliated with Shoshin Aikido Dojo Orlando, Florida, under Daniel Linden Sensei. Please contact Kranz Sensei if you are interested in training with him, or simply want more information before applying to become his student.

 The dojo is located at:

1719 business center lane
Kissimmee fl 34758
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To reach Sensi Kranz directly at (407) 233-7881 or you can contact the Kissimmee Academy at (407) 846-8686.


Tuesday7:00 - 8:30 PMTechniques

Thursday7:00 - 8:30 PMPrinciples

Saturday12:00 - 2:00 PMPrinciples

Michael Kranz


6th Degree Black Belt

Michael Kranz Sensei started his Aikido training in 1968 at the age of 13. This early Aikido training sparked the desire to learn more about the martial arts. In 1979 after serving in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division he started training in Aikido at the University of Central Florida under Edward B. Baker Sensei.

Kranz Sensei received his 1st degree black belt (Shodan) from Daniel Linden Sensei and Ed Baker Sensei through Mitsugi Saotome Sensei in September 1985. He continued his training with Mitsugi Saotome Sensei, Ed Baker Sensei, Dr. David Jones Sensei, Daniel Linden Sensei, and Dennis Hooker Sensei.

Kranz Sensei received the rank of 6th degree black belt from Daniel Linden Sensei on May 12, 2011. With Daniel Linden Sensei’s support Mr. Kranz is teaching Aikido in Kissimmee Florida