RICARDO (RICK) SOSA, SHIHAN
The chief instructor (and Doshu) of the International Aikido Association is the eldest son of, the (late) Founder, Baldemar (Bill) Sosa, Sensei. Rick Sosa, Shihan, has practiced Aikido since a very early age when his father introduced him to the art. Mr. Bill Sosa and son trained with the same teachers, Isao Takahashi, Sensei and Koichi Tohei, Sensei in the early years of their Aikido involvement.
Rick Sosa, Sensei also practiced Aikido in Japan during his military career and has extensive experience in other martial arts; namely Thai Boxing and Kali-Escrima. His keen eye and skillful technique give him the advantage in observing and effectively redirecting the opponent’s energy. His involvement and dedication to Aikido helps him to present the
art in a practical way while maintaining the values of courtesy and respect.
Mr. Sosa is responsible for bringing Aikido, Thai Boxing and Kali to the Monterrey, Mexico
community and has affiliates there. He is the director of the Thai Boxing Association of
USA/Mexico; for the State of Texas and Mexico(of which master Surachai “Chai” Sirisute is president.) Aikido training is the perfect form of exercise for the entire family. In
addition to affording one the study of day to day self-defense, it will keep the mind and thebody working as a unit. The dojo (practice hall) provides a comfortable environment in which one can go at his or her own pace. Whatever your age or reason for study, with consistent training, a student will transform his or her physical and mental abilities while enhancing self confidence.