TEACHERS

In Japanese "Dojo-Language" the teaching staff are known as "Sensei".  The term means "One who is born before" which is a way of saying that the Sensei started training before you did, and therefore has greater knowledge of Aikido, Bushido, self-defense, and martial arts.

The Sensei is supported in his efforts by Senior Sensei who generally are 5th degree black belt and above and by who are known as "Hatamoto"; an ancient Japanese term for "retainers" or "patrons" of the dojo.

The Founder of The Aikibudokan L.F. Wilkinson Sensei is Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt in Aikido), Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in SMR Seitei Jodo, and Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Kodokan Judo.  He also has a background in TaeKwonDo, Tai Chi, and police tactics and has been training in the martial arts since 1969.

The Co-Founder Lynn Wilkinson Sensei is also the Dojo Cho (Dojo Manager).  She is Nanadan (7th degree black belt) in Aikido and Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt) in SMR Seitei Jodo.  She also has a background in TaeKwonDo and karate and has been training in the martial arts for the last 40 years.

Senior Sensei Chris deBoisblanc is Nanadan (7th Degree Black Belt) in Aikido and has been training in the martial arts for the last 40 years.  He also has a background in TaeKwonDo and karate.

Assistant Senior Sensei Dino Huque is Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in Aikido.  He has been in the martial arts for the last 25 years and has a broad background in Budo with his studies of Aikido, Judo, and advanced kata.

Grover Jackson Sensei is Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in Aikido.  He has been training in Aikido for over 25 years and was previously in Aikikai Aikido before beginning his study of Tomiki Ryu Aikido.  He also trains and teaches in SMR Jojutsu so he has a broad background in Bushido.

Dave Hollaway Hatamoto is Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in both Aikido and Keisatsu Goshin Taiho-Jutsu and Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Kodokan Judo.  He bring a broad range of experience to the dojo from his years in the US Military and law enforcement.

Doug Bourg Hatamoto is Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) and especially enjoys working with new deshi (students).  As a teacher, his ideal is to enable the beginner to learn and excel in their study and all beginners should work with him to acquire a firm start in their training.

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