7 Dan, Shihan | Chief Instructor Woodstock Aikido
In 1965, Harvey Konigsberg, a promising young boxer at the time, attended an Aikido demonstration by Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei and Koichi Tohei Sensei. This soon compelled him to begin his training in Aikido, and by 1970 he was already teaching at the New York Aikikai, the Aikido headquarter of the USA. One of the original students of Yamada Sensei, Konigsberg Sensei has been practicing Aikido for over 50 years.
Nationally and internationally renowned for his strong yet subtle style, Konigsberg Sensei teaches Aikido seminars around the world. In addition to being the chief instructor in Woodstock, he maintains weekly classes at the New York Aikikai in Manhattan.
Woodstock, famed as a colony of the arts, is an ideal location for Konigsberg Sensei’s dojo, since he has worked as an artist for decades. His artwork has been exhibited in 22 one-man shows in New York City and in many national and international exhibitions. Konigsberg Sensei’s paintings are represented in private collections and museums around the world. Change of Worlds, a coffee-table book of his work, was published in 2011.