Canin Sensei / Sr. Instructor – 6thDan / Ueshiba Juku

Brian Canin Sensei (ASU Rokudan), Saotome Ueshiba Juku

Brian Canin, President of Canin Associates, is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa. He earned his Architecture Degree from the University of Witwaterstrand and his Master’s Degree in Urban Design from Harvard University. Brian’s business is a 60 person Orlando-based design firm that specializes in providing solution-oriented community planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Brian has an extensive background in the design of successful mixed-use communities across the U.S. and Europe. Brian’s “passion for place making” has led him to focus on “Community Based Design” in both the firm’s master planned communities as well as hospitality and resort projects.

In addition, when not focused on a growing business, or traveling extensively with his lovely wife, Brian is a leader in community support organizations and charities. His philanthropic nature and work with students is particularly remarkable. In his spare time Brian has been accused of being a fairly good skier and sailor.

Brian Sensei started his martial arts involvements in South Africa as a youth. He started training Aikido in 1988. He has been a Shindai student since 1989. Brian received Rokudan recommendation from Mitsugi Saotome Shihan in 2017. He continues to train regularly. Brian is our most senior student and a designated senior instructor at Shindai Dojo.

Brian lives in Winter Park Florida.

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