About Us

Pictured above(from left to right): Sensei Nick, Kaulukukui Sensei, Sensei Christenham, and Sensei Wally

Our Approach

Rising Star Aikido is dedicated to the purpose of passing on the techniques, ideals, and principals of Aikido, as the founder O’Sensei intended.

Rising Star Aikido’s┬áStory

R.S.A was co-founded by Sensei Mike Taylor and Sensei Wally Taylor, ┬áBoth studied under Sensei Ron Christenham, the founder of Sarpy Aikido Club. Sensei Mike, Wally, and Jeff Christenham were among Christenham Sensei’s original students.

Jeff, Mike, and Wally Sensei were all promoted to the rank Shodan by Kubo Shihan, this made up Sensei Christenham’s first Yudansha. Our dedication and loyalty still remain with Christenham Sensei to this day, and we are counted among his senior Yudansha.

Rising Star Aikido was founded in 1994 at Louisville High School, the high school Mike attended. Sensei Wally brought in his nephew Nick Smith who has been with RSA since it has started. RSA has always endeavored to be all inclusive + family friendly. We are especially proud of all the families that we count among our students and yudansha.

Come Visit Us

You are welcome to observe a session and maybe even try it out. The family friendly atmosphere appeals to all ages. The high quality instruction provided by the Senseis will inspire a sense of dedication as you practice the art of Aikido.

Hours of Operation:


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, all-ages class

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, adult class


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, all-ages class

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, adult class

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