- AA, Minnesota State Un-Akita
- BA, University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
- MA, St. Cloud State University
Mark Larson (MA—TESL) holds the title of Shihan [expert or senior instructor] appointed by the World Aikido Federation () Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan, and current Doshu [Leader of Aikido]. Shihan is the highest title earned in aikido. In academics, Shihan is equivalent to a doctorate/PhD. Larson is a UFT Faculty in English Language for Academic Purposes (EAP) at NHCC. He is co-founder of the campus’ award-winning cross-cultural publication Realities, and the recipient of numerous teaching and departmental awards for “Program of the Year” (awarded by the NHCC Office of Diversity), “Faculty of the Year” (awarded by NHCC Students), and “Excellence in Teaching” (nominated by NHCC and awarded by the Board of Trustees). The Aikido of NHCC Program has won the “Student Life Excellence Award” and “NHCC Innovation of the Year.” Mark Larson presented at the NHCC Faculty Lecture Series: An Introduction to and Exploration of the Japanese Martial Art – Aikido
Courses Mark Larson Teaches and Created:*
EAP 1260: College Writing Skills Development
GCST 1211: The History, Philosophy, and Practice of Traditional Aikido*
GCST 1030: Introduction to Japanese Culture*
Aikido for College Publication and various RX articles
Recognized Aikido Kyu Certificates (5th Kyu and 4th Kyu) offered at NHCC
Caretaker of the NHCC Peace Garden and Peace Pole
The Aikido of NHCC Program has served as a model throughout the United States for other campuses, and its curriculum has been adopted by other College & University Programs around the world.
Aikido of NHCC is officially recognized by the World Aikido Federation () Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.