Senior Instructor, 5th Dan Shidoin
John began his Aikido training in 1980 with the Long Island Aikikai at Rockville Centre, New York. Years later he followed Hagihara Sensei, helping to spread Aikido and attending classes at all of Sensei’s dojos located throughout Long Island. Through the 1990’s John also assisted Hagihara Sensei with Aikido classes that were offered at C.W. Post College. He has augmented his regular training by attending seminars organized by the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) and by participating in these seminars, has had the opportunity to practice with numerous high-ranking students and under many different USAF Shihans.
After nearly 20 years of Aikido training, John joined the ranks of Hagihara Sensei’s teaching staff. He feels that the experience of working with junior students has brought him new insights into both the principles and application of technique, reinforcing the value of understanding the basics. With the reopening of the Long Island Aikikai in Bay Shore in 2006, he continues to support Hagihara Sensei and assist with teaching duties in the dojo. To this day he trains earnestly in order to further develop and refine his understanding of Aikido’s techniques, philosophy and spirit. John currently holds the rank of 5th Dan, and is also a member of the teaching staff of the United States Aikido Federation.