CURRENT INSTRUCTORS


Peewee Jones Sensei

Peewee Jones Sensei

Peewee Jones Sensei started his Aikido practice in 1973 and started training under Saotome Shihan in 1975. He has been an active member and instructor for over 40 years. He currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th Dan) through Saotome Shihan, ASU and World Aikido Headquarters in Japan. Jones Sensei has also been award the title "Ueshiba Juku" by Saotome Sensei symbolizing his direct relationship with Saotome Shihan and the founder of Aikido, O'Sensei's, teachings. Peewee Sensei is also the Dojo Cho of 12th Street Aikido. He is known to be at the dojo most days to welcome new students and share old time stories.

 

Daryl Schrader Sensei

Daryl Schrader Sensei

Daryl Schrader Sensei took his first Aikido class in 1967 under Koichi Tohei. When Saotome Shihan came to the US in 1975, he was among the first students to practice with him. He currently holds the rank of Godan (5th dan) in Aikido through Saotome Shihan, ASU and the World Aikido Headquarters in Japan. Schrader Sensei has also been awarded the "Ueshiba Juku" title by Saotome Sensei symbolizing his direct relationship with Saotome Shihan and the founder of Aikido, O'Sensei's, teachings

 
Melissa Bell Sensei

Melissa Bell Sensei

MELISSA bELL SENSEI

 

Melissa Bell Sensei began her training in 1992 at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington D.C. under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, and other senior instructors including Patty Saotome Sensei and Frank Bell Sensei.

Bell Sensei presently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt (Yondan) in Aikido (A.S.U. and Aikikai) and has received all of her ranks directly from Saotome Sensei.  In addition, she has received the honor of the Ueshiba Juku designation from Saotome Sensei.

Bell Sensei teaches regularly at the 12th Street Aikido dojo and also at the Jionjuku Aikido Academy of Warrior Spirit in Largo, FL. She continues her own training at the Jionjuku Aikido Academy of Warrior Spirit under John Messores Sensei, and at national seminars under Saotome Sensei.

She has also trained through the rank of Shodan in Shotokan Karate under Rick Hotton, Sensei at the West Wind Karate Dojo in Sarasota, FL.

One of her favorite quotes from Saotome Sensei:  “The secret of aikido?  there are three:  Distance… Timing… and Looking Good!”

 

 

SCOTT ELLIS SENSEI

Scott Ellis started Aikido in 2006 and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt).

Scott Ellis Sensei

Scott Ellis Sensei

 

GREG WILLIAMS SENSEI

Greg Williams started Aikido in 1993 and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt). 

Greg Williams Sensei

Greg Williams Sensei