Aikido is a traditional martial art appropriate for mature students of all ages that incorporates disciplined physical and mental training . The art form teaches self defense at the highest level utilizing joint locks, submissions, control techniques and throws, as well as the use of weapons, including the “jo” (staff) and “bokken” (wooden sword) to emphasize body movement.

While the training is intense and physical, there is no competition, sparring, or fighting in Aikido. Students work cooperatively with each other to gain confidence and learn techniques by alternating the roles of attacker and defender during practice.


Sensei Max Sherman has over 39 years of experience in martial arts, including intensive training in Tae Kwon Do earlier in his career. Sensei Max began training in Aikido in 1989 with Sensei Lou Perriello, Godan, at Northeast Aikikai in Chelmsford, MA and focused solely on that discipline ever since. During the next ten years he benefited from classes with Perriello Sensei as well as a number of instructors teaching at the dojo, including Kathy Fitzgibbon Sensei, Mark Norton Sensei, John Dore Sensei, and many of the leading Sensei and Shihan in the United States during that period.

In 1994 Perriello Sensei joined the Aikido Association of America and Northeast Aikikai hosted a number of seminars with Shihan Fumio Toyoda which Sensei Max attended. Toyoda Shihan passed unexpectedly in 2001, and Perriello Sensei in 2012 after a prolonged illness. Our program is dedicated in part to these very special instructors.

After moving to Charleston, SC in 1999, Sensei Max attended classes at MUSC Charleston Aikido with Sensei Eric Lipton, Godan. In 2005, Sensei Max started Island Aikido with the support of Sensei Glenn Raus, owner and head instructor of Japan Karate Institute Daniel Island, where classes are held.

In 2007 Island Aikido was officially recognized as a member dojo by the American Aikido Association. The Island Aikido program is part of the AAA Southeast Region under the direction of Sensei Bill Bunn, Rokudan, who is at Joshinkan Dojo in Cary, NC. Bunn Sensei has been extraordinarily supportive of the dojo and the students.

The Aikido Association of America (AAA) is a nationally-based organization, with an affiliation of over 140 facilities in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the AAA provides instruction developed under the late chief instructor, Shihan Fumio Toyoda. Shihan Toyoda founded the AAA in 1984 and brought over 40 years of Aikido training experience to AAA and its programs.

Japan Karate Institute Daniel Island located at 295-B Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 is owned and operated by Sensei Glenn Raus, Chief Instructor. It is one of four Japan Karate Institutes located in the Charleston area. The other three are located in West AshleyNorth Charleston and Moncks Corner. Founded in 1992 by Sensei Dale Coker (7th Degree), Japan Karate Institute offers the finest karate and martial arts instruction in the Southeast United States.