Celebrating 30 years of aikido

Orange County’s only full-time dojo was established in 1987

Learn the traditional art of aikido with chief instructor – Gentil Pennewaert Shihan. Newport Beach Aikido continues the legacy first started in Japan during the last century by the founder Ueshiba Morihei. The world class dojo is made up of a cosmopolitan and diverse group of students and is led by chief instructor Gentil Pennewaert Shihan, 6th Dan. He insures a high standard of safety at all times and provides a solid foundation in the basic fundamentals of aikido technique and etiquette. We offer adult classes, children classes, and seminars to help increase your Aikido training and knowledge with visiting guest Sensei from Japan, Europe, and Australia. With showers, large canvas practice mat, and changing rooms with private lockers available, the Newport Beach Aikido dojo offers all the amenities for your aikido training

Download the Sugano Sword System

The late Sugano Shihan was from a nearly lost generation (only a few are left) of key uchi deshi (live-in-student) who studied daily and directly with the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba otherwise known respectfully as O-Sensei to aikidoist worldwide. As part of his training with O-Sensei, Sugano Shihan studied weapons and particularly with the bokken.  Learn the Sugano Sword System in a 2-part series, filmed at Newport Beach Aikikai with Sensei Pennewaert Shihan.

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Samurai Sword System


Follow the path of Aikido for your mind, body, and spirit


Discover why so many students love Newport Beach Aikido. From children to adult classes, our aikido dojo is dedicated to offering the best aikido classes for interested members.

usaf affiliated


We are affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation and Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan. Also, affiliated with the Hombu Dojo (Japan), Shin Do Kan Dojo (Belgium), Aikikai (Australia)

Sugano Shihan Sword System


Learn about the Samurai sword from a master swordsman, Seichii Sugano Shihan who developed the Sugano Sword System. Purchase the Sugano Sword System 1 and 2 DVDs online now.