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Bill Witt Making 23nd Visit to Virginia Nov. 18-19, 2017

wittsankyogasshuku.jpg (674064 bytes)RICHMOND, Va. (8-15-17)  - William Witt Shihan, 8th Dan and Morihiro SaitowpeC.jpg (69983 bytes) Shihan's senior student in the U.S., will be making his 23rd visit to Richmond Nov. 18-19, 2017.

The site will be the Brock Center at Randolph- Macon College in Ashland. Click here for directions to R-MC, lodging and accommodations and campus map.

The fee is $90 for the entire seminar, with a reduced rate of $70 for early registration by Oct. 14, 2017, and $60 for Saturday only. For further information, call Bryan Park Aikido Chief Instructor Tim Sheldon at 804-477-4533 or email him at

Witt Shihan is primarily responsible for bringing the teaching of Saito Shihan to the United States. This is extremely important in the history of Aikido in the U.S., because Saito had a superior understanding of O Sensei's Aikido and the best understanding of O Sensei's weapons system.

O Sensei did not teach weapons to any great extent at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He kept this training almost exclusively in Iwama. Weapons and Taijutsu go together in Aikido, as we've read, and if Bill Witt had not connected Saito Sensei with U.S. Aikido students, we might never have gained this understanding. See: The Man Who Built the Bridge to Iwama.

(Photos: Top left and right, Bill Witt Shihan at 2010 Gasshuku at Lake Tahoe.)


Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Brock Center.
Lunch Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the college cafeteria or the restaurant of your choice in Ashland.
Party Saturday, 5 p.m., at home of Tim and Judy Sheldon. See directions below.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with breaks each hour, at the Brock Center. 

Directions to Home of Tim and Judy Sheldon

Address is:
7602 North Pinehill Drive
Richmond, VA 23228

Distance: 13.3 mi Time: 21 mins

Take I-95 S toward RICHMOND - go 8.6 miles.

Take exit #83B/PARHAM RD onto E PARHAM RD(VA-73 S) - go about 2 miles.

Turn Left on WOODMAN RD - go about one mile, where you will see Moody Middle School on your right.

Turn Left on BOXWOOD RD

Turn Right on PINEHILL DR - go about a tenth of a mile.

Turn Left on N PINEHILL DR - go about 2 tenths of a mile.

Arrive at 7602 N PINEHILL DR, on the Right.

If you have any questions, my cell phone is 804-477-4533.


Bill Witt Aikido Seminar Registration

Name: ____________________________________________________________

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Previous Aikido Experience - Years _________Dojo _________________________________ Rank_______________

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Amount enclosed: $________________ ($90 for entire seminar, reduced rate of $70 for early registration by Oct. 14, 2016, and $60 for Saturday only.)

Make checks payable to Tim Sheldon.

Mailing address:

Tim Sheldon
Bryan Park Aikido
7602 N. Pinehill Dr.
Richmond, VA 23228


Aikido is a martial art similar to Judo or Karate. Aikido teaches self-defense and requires practicing with partners to learn Aikido techniques. Randolph-Macon College, Bryan Park Aikido and chief instructor Tim Sheldon, assume no liability for injury or damages arising from the practice of Aikido. Due to the strenuous nature of the practice, the participant is strongly advised to consult with a physician concerning his/her fitness to participate. All of the Aikido activities involve an element of risk, which the participant is urged to consider and which the participant assumes. If the participant feels unsure of his/her ability to take part in any of the Aikido activities, it is recommended that he/she not participate in these specific activities until he/she has mastered the more basic techniques.

I have read the above waiver and understand its contents.

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