Matt Hayes, 3rd Dan

Matt started Aikido in 1993 with Eddie Hagihara at the Long Island Aikido Association. Between 1993 and 2001, he trained at Long Island Aikido Association, Suffolk Aikikai and Aikido of Nassau County (in that order) for multiple years. Around 1997 he met Donovan Waite Sensei and began travelling to train with him whenever possible, eventually moving to Philadelphia and becoming an Uchideshi in 2001. Matt was ultimately tested by Yamada Shihan for Sandan, sponsored by Waite Sensei at the USAF Montreal seminar in 2002.

Matt returned to Long Island in 2003 to begin a dojo, which he closed due to time constraints connected to the birth of his first child. He is currently training regularly at the Manorville Aikikai.