Aikido teaching in St. Louis was started in 1979 by renowned
author, translator and educator William Reed. Mr. Reed was
the first Ki and Aikido teacher for our current Head Instructor.
He is the author of three books dealing with the subjects
of Ki training, Japanese culture, Shodo (Japanese calligraphy)
and the history of Sensei Koichi Tohei's teachings.
After first coming to Japan to study at Waseda University
in Tokyo in 1972, William Reed earned a Masters Degree in
Education from the University of Missouri in 1977. In 1989
he formed a company in Japan, Reed Research Institute, and
in 2002 he launched B-SMART Systems from that base. He has
developed bilingual programs in English and Japanese to
"Develop Your Knowledge, and Learn to Think on Your
Feet". Fully certified as a Buzan Licensed Instructor
by Master Trainer Vanda North of the Buzan Centres, he brings
additional dimensions to the program based on his 30 years
of experience in and with Japan. He is also certified as
a Guerrilla Marketing Coach, and specializes in blending
Buzan Learning Tools with Guerrilla Earning Tools, to develop
customized programs combining seminars and coaching, designed
to improve profitability and creativity at the same time.
Mr. Reed combines a strong interest in learning with a professional
career in business. He has mastered the Japanese language
and works as a professional translator.
William Reed has over 30 years of experience in the martial
art of Aikido and currently holds the rank of 6th-degree
black belt. He also has professional license in Brush Calligraphy,
with over 20 years of experience, and has exhibited calligraphy
at galleries and museums in Tokyo.
Books by William Reed
Ki: A Road Anyone Can Walk: 1992, ISBN: 0870407996
Ki: A Practical Guide for Westerners: 1986, ASIN:
Shodo: The Art of Coordinating Mind, Body and Brush:
1990, ASIN: 0870407848
Mind Mapping for Memory and Creativity (in Japanese),
Forest Publishing, 2005