Jon Reading is the chief instructor of Aikido South.

Jon has been training aikido since 1996 and holds a san dan rank in aikido. Jon was head instructor of the Emory Aikikai aikido club for over 10 years before opening Aikido South in 2012. Jon lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife and children.

Jon began training in Nashville Tennessee in 1996 under sensei Kevin Sparkman of Bushin Dojo. In 2000, he moved from Nashville to Atlanta, Georgia, and in 2001 began training at the Emory Aikikai university club under sensei Guy Haskell. In 2003, he received his sho dan from sensei Dennis Hooker in Pensicola, Florida. In 2006, he received his ni dan from a yudansha panel lead by sensei Dennis Hooker in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, he received his san dan from a yudansha panel lead by sensei Dennis Hooker in Tampa, Florida.