TEACHERS & SENSEI

In Japanese "Dojo-Language" the teaching staff are known as "Sensei".  The term means "One who is born before" (not who is older by a calendar) which by saying that the Sensei started training before you did, and therefore has greater knowledge of Aikido, Bushido, self-defense, and martial arts.

The Kancho (head of the training hall) or head Sensei is supported in his efforts by Senior Sensei who generally are 4th or 5th degree black belt and above.  They are known as "Hatamoto"; an ancient Japanese term for "retainers" or "patrons" of the dojo.

The Founder of The Aikibudokan Wilkinson L,F.  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 Wilkinson Lynn Sensei is 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 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 and Judo.

Grover Jackson Sensei is Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in Aikido and holds Okuiri-sho in Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu.  He has been training in Aikido for over 25 years.

Doug Bourg Hatamoto is Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) and has been training for over ten years.

Dave Hollaway Hatamoto is Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) in both Aikido and Keisatsu Goshin Taiho-Jutsu (Japanese Police Arresting Techniques) and Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Kodokan Judo. 

 

Ron Riojas is Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Aikido and is also a senior teacher in Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu.

 

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