Shindai Aikikai Emeritus Instructors
Shindai’s Aikido training paradigm, and the structure of our Budo community, reflects the unparalleled martial legacy of our late founder, master instructor Dennis Hooker Sensei Nanadan (ASU 7th dan). We attempt to honor Hooker Sensei and our exceptional emeritus instructors every day through disciplined training.
Dennis Hooker Sensei (ASU 7thDan Shihan)
The founder of Shindai Aikikai Aikido Dojo, Hooker Sensei passed in 2014. His teaching remains with us, challenging and guiding us, through every class. His invaluable instruction lives on in his many students around the country and within Shindai, all dedicated to maintaining his legacy of martial integrity and dedication. His vision of offering Aikido for all who come to his dojo continues in the many students he touched.
Dr. David Jones Sensei (ASU 6th dan)
Jones Sensei was a senior instructor at Shindai for decades. Sensei passed in 2016. A consummate martial artist, he was proficient in Taiichi, Kyudo, Jodo, Karate and Aikido. A brilliant intellect, professor of anthropology, an author, Fulbright scholar, a Komuso monk, musician, husband, father and friend. He awaits us in the realm of warriors and dragons. Jones Sensei’s inspiration is in our Dojo’s DNA. His ashes reside in our Kamiza, his teaching in our hearts.
Dan Vaccaro Sensei (4thDan) was with Shindai since the late 80’s. His martial training includes both Chinese and Japanese martial arts. One of the original teachers at Shindai, his unique character and passion are responsible for setting Fasen Sensei on his Aikido path. Retired, Dan continues his training to this day.
Lew Morrison Sensei (3rd dan) has been with Shindai since the late 80’s. Enjoying his octogenarian privilege’s, Lew often visits as one of the original teachers at Shindai, still leading with support, integrity and attitude in his retirement. Lew stands as an inspiration to all contemporary and future students.
Former Shindai Yudansha
Jose Andrade – Judy Brady – Brian Davis – Dan Dease – Jeff Honey – Charles Hydovitz – Nikki Lewis – Peter Murphy – Keith Oshiro – Ian Pinkerton – Ray Ramirez – Louise Santos – Paul Schweer – John Susan – Yacine Tanane – Don Williams – Mark wise – Boar Zhao – Guanhgui Zhoa
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