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Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan
USAF President, 8th Dan Shihan

As Chief instructor of the New York Aikikai, Yamada Shihan is the President of the United States Aikido Federation and is a direct student of the founder of Aikido, O’ Sensei.

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Seiichi Sugano Shihan
8th Dan Shihan

Sugano Shihan studied as uchi deshi under O’ Sensei since 1957 and continued to spread the knowledge of aikido to Australia and then onwards to Europe, Belgium where he first Sensei Pennewaert.

Miyamoto Tsuruzo

Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shihan
7th Dan Shihan

As the invited guest to the upcoming 5th Annual Sugano Shihan Summer Camp, Sensei Miyamoto 7th Dan Shihan instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Japan.

Harvey Konisberg

Harvey Konigsberg Shihan
7th Dan Shihan

In the mid 1980s, Harvey Konigsberg Shihan established a studio in Woodstock, New York. Since then he has maintained a presence in Woodstock as an artist and as an Aikido instructor.

Tony Smibert

Tony Smibert Shihan
7th Dan Shihan

As President of the Australian Aikikai Federation, Tony Smibert Shihan will be visiting our dojo in June, 2013. Sensei Pennewaert first met Tony Smibert Shihan in 1990 when he travelled to Australia.

Robert Botterill

Robert Botterill Shihan
7th Dan Shihan

Robert Botterill Shihan became one of Australia’s three Shihans in 2008 and was awarded the rank of 7th Dan in 2011 and is a member of the technical and teaching committee.

Hanan Yaniv Shihan

Hanan Yaniv Shihan
8th Dan Shihan

Hanan Yaniv Shihan from Australia Aikikai was welcomed as our guest sensei in 2010 at the Sugano Shihan Memorial Summer Camp in Santa Barbara. He was the otomo of Sugano Sensei.

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Jikou Sugano
5th Dan Aikikai

Jikou Sugano is the invited guest sensei for the 8th Annual Sugano Shihan Summer Camp. We are delighted to have him join us this year to commemorate his father’s legacy – Sugano Seichii Shihan.

Peter bernath

Peter Bernath Shihan
7th Dan Shihan

Chief instructor Peter Bernath is a Shichidan (7th degree black belt) and Shihan (master teacher) awarded by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, and a member of the Technical Committee of the USAF.

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Phillip Lee Shihan
7th Dan Aikikai

Phillip Lee Shihan of Aikido Shinju-Kai is the invited guest sensei for the 9th Annual Sugano Shihan Summer Camp. We are excited to host Phillip Lee Shihan – a leader of the largest aikido organization in Singapore.

Donovan Waite Shihan
7th Dan Shihan

Sensei Donovan Waite is the Chief Instructor of Old City Aikido, Philadelphia, PA and  is one of Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan top students. His powerful, precise and yet nimble techniques are truly unique.