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Gordon Sakamoto Sensei to Visit Randolph Macon College
Training and Testing, Sunday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brock Center

ASHLAND, Va. (3-28-09) - Gordon Sakamoto Sensei, 6th Dan, will be sharing his extensive knowledge of Aikido Sunday, April 19, at Randolph-Macon College.

He will be the guest of the Randolph-Macon Aikido Club and Bryan Park Aikido. The event will include one Nidan and two Shodan tests during the last hour. The fee will be $20 for the half-day visit.

Sakamoto Sensei is the chief instructor of the Northern Virginia Aikikai and is a long-time friend of Bill Witt Shihan. Both trained together as white belts at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo in 1967, studying under Morihei Ueshiba.

According to the Aikido of Northern Virginia home site, Sakamoto Sensei was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where he began practicing Aikido in 1963. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1965.

He received an assignment to Japan in 1967, where he practiced daily at Hombu Dojo for two and half years. During this time, Sakamoto Sensei was privileged to receive instruction from O Sensei during the last years of his life. O Sensei passed away in 1969.

After leaving the Air Force in 1969, he returned to the University of Hawaii to attend graduate school where he also taught Aikido at the university until 1973, when he accepted a job on Okinawa, Japan. There he started an Aikido class and periodically returned to practice at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.

In 1980, he arrived in Northern Virginia. He was invited to become the instructor of this club because the incumbent instructor moved out of the area. He has seen the rapid growth of Aikido in the area and along the East Coast over the past two decades.

Click here for directions to the college, and here for a campus map. For further information, call Chief Instructor Tim Sheldon at 804-477-4533 or email him at


Gordon Sakamoto Aikido Seminar Registration

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Amount enclosed: $________________ ($20 for the half-day visit.)

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.

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