Instructors

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Noel Kennedy

Chief Instructor Takemusu Aikido of Sonoma and President Traditional Aikido of Sonoma

 

He has trained aikido since 1977, and Tatoian Sensei has been his teacher since 1980. In 1992 he co-founded Traditional Aikido of Sonoma with Tatoian Sensei managing the dojo and leading the children’s program. He has served as uchi deshi with Morihiro Saito Shihan at the Ibaraki Aikido Dojo in Iwama, Japan. Currently he is Chief Instructor and President of Traditional Aikido of Sonoma and dojo-cho of Takemusu Aikido of Sonoma.

 

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Nathan Feileacan

Nathan has been training in Aikido since 1993, studying under Tatoian Sensei, Noel Kennedy Sensei, Jay Bell Sensei, and Lynn Johnston Sensei.  He has served as uchi deshi with Hitohira Saito Sensei in Iwama, Japan. He began teaching Aikido to kids and teens in 2004 with Pathways Charter School and teaching adult classes at Traditional Aikido of Sonoma since 2007 under the direction of Kennedy Sensei with whom he has trained since 1995.

In 2014 he established Takemusu Aikido of Sebastopol as a branch dojo of T.A.O.S.

 

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Julian Shay

Julian has been training under Tatoian Sensei and Kennedy Sensei since 2002. Instructor and dojo-cho at Traditional Aikido of Sonoma State UniversityHe has served as uchi deshi with Hitohira Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan. shay@sonoma.edu

 

Bryan Sardoch

Bryan has been training under Tatoian Sensei and Kennedy Sensei since 2002. Assistant instructor  at Sonoma State University Aikido Club. He has served as soto deshi with Hitohira Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan for 2 years.

 

Craig O’Connor

With a background in both Goju and Kempo Karate. He has been a student of Tatoian Sensei since 1992. Since that time, he has studied with many teachers in the US, and served as uchi deshi with Morihiro Saito Shihan at the Ibaraki Aikido Dojo in Iwama, Japan. He has also spent several years teaching Aikido to children.

 

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Paul Olszewski

With experience in a brazilian jiu jutsu and boxing.  Paul got his start in Aikido training under Kennedy Sensei and Nathan Feileacan at T.A.O.S. and has been teaching the Kid’s Aikido program.