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Traditional Aikido of Sonoma offers a rare opportunity to study and train O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido. Training is under the supervision of Dennis Tatoian, 7th degree black belt licensed instructor. Tatoian Sensei has over three decades of teaching experience, as well as 12 years training experience in Japan. Seven of those years were under the direction of Morihiro Saito, 9th Degree Black Belt and former head of the Ibaraki School (the Founders School), and the AIKI Shrine (the Birth Place of AIKIDO).

Craig O'Connor, 4th degree black belt, is the chief instructor for Traditional Aikido of Sonoma. Other instructors include: Ian Kennedy and Nathan Feileacan. Classes in this form of self defense are ongoing, in a non-competitive atmosphere for all ages.

Iwama Style Aikido is often recognized for its extensive use of kihon, or static training, in the early learning stages. A student will begin with holds from a solid position to properly learn the basic mechanics of Aikido techniques and movements. From there, we will help you develop stability and precision, enabling you to move effectively into ki no nagare, or flowing, joint locks and throws associated with Aikido. Integrated with open-hand training, weapons practice with bokken and jo (sword and staff), helps to better understand weight distribution and use of the hips in movement. Weapons practice also helps you learn to extend the range of control beyond the limits of your own body, which is key in understanding how to redirect the energy of an attacker.

To be added to the mailing list, or for more information contact Traditional Aikido of Sonoma at:

Traditional Aikido of Sonoma
3168 Condo Court #B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 523-3200
Craig O'Connor, Dojo-cho

Affiliated Dojos:

Aikidojo of Alfonso
Esperanza Ibaba, Alfonso Cavite, Philippines
Dennis Tatoian, Dojo-cho
Sonoma State University Aikido Club
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 480-3351
Ian Kennedy, Dojo-cho

Julian Shay, Instructor

Two Rock Aikido Kids
4101 Middle Two Rock Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-6505
Craig O'Connor, Instructor

Traditional Aikido at Pathways Charter School
602 Hoen Ave.
Santa Rosa , CA 95405
(707) 479-9252

Nathan Feileacan, Dojo-cho
Iwama Style Aiki Ken & Jo
320 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 778-4380

Jeff Dooley, Instructor

Traditional Aikido Philippines
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Aries Supremo, Dojo-cho

Traditional Aikido of Sonoma is a
nonprofit organization, 501(c)(3).
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