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:

6th Degree Black Belt, Shihan

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”


Noriea I.

“Sensei is a wonderful teacher, knowledgeable and warm. His generous personality attracts positive and kind people, and everyone seems to be very friendly and respectful here.”

Tony Fiore

“His knowledge, teaching style, and through understanding of his art allow him to connect with you and your students.”

Skylar Mineshima


Sensei has created an environment in his dojo that is kind, educational and positive. The people in his dojo are like family and this dojo has brought a lot of happiness to my family. Sensei personifies at Newport Beach Aikikai that aikido is not just a martial art, but a way of life.”



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Dojo H0urs

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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