Our sensei

Gentil Pennewaert Shihan

Gentil Pennewaert Shihan, is a second generation student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. His teaching embodies the traditional spirit of Aikido. Sensei’s credentials are recognized by the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan (which is directly related to the founder of Aikido) and the United States Aikido Federation Headquarters (USAF)



Aikido – Second Generation Student of Founder

Highest Rank:

Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai

Instructor Certification

Association Culturelle Belge D’Aikido
United States Aikido Federation
World Aikido Headquarters, Hombu, Japan

Offices Held:

Public Relations Minister (1988-1992),
Association Culturelle Belge D’Aikido

Honors / Distinctions:

Otomo of Sensei Seiichi Sugano (1980-1992) 1972-1974

Belgium Special Forces Regiment (Red Berets)
Close Combat Advanced Training
Stealth Training

As Featured in:

 The Daily PilotNewport Beach martial arts instructor receives honorific title”

Aikido Shihan


Tatsuaki Hatsukari

“Newport Beach Aikido is a great place to come and learn in a very family friendly environment. The class is very traditional and great for any skill level. My two sons (9 and 7) are in kids class and they also enjoy the learning in well disciplined practice. I personally enjoy Aikido to train my inner-core strength while learning fundamental self-defense skill. Sensei is very kind, patient, and professional. Highly recommended if you are looking for a dojo that offers both high-level spirits and respectful camaraderies!”

Anna Racheva

“I am so fortunate to have found Newport Beach Aikido-Shin Do Kan Dojo and Sensei Pennewaert both for myself and for my family. The adult classes provide a lot more than mere instruction in the techniques and skills of aikido. For me they also bring harmony and coordination between body and mind and are the source of new energy that always leaves me recharged and looking forward to the next class.”

Anthony Fiore

Sensei Pennewaert does an amazing job! I have been training for my entire adult life and we recently had Sensei out for a seminar and he was truly amazing. His knowledge, teaching style, and through understanding of his art allow him to connect with you and your students. We hope his schedule will allow him to visit us annually. If he is near your town do yourself and your students a favor and get there. It will be time well spent.


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Mon, Weds, Fri:: 6:00 am – 7:00 am

12:15 pm-1:00 pm

6:15 pm-7:45 pm

Saturday: 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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