Tom O’Brien, Shihan Dai – started Aikido in 1998 under Shihan Steele in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by Sensei Suenaka in 2002.  Shihan Dai O'Brien is a certified member of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai and was awarded the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) and the title Shihan Dai (master instructor) by DNBK in 2012.
 
Brian Lawton, Sensei – started Aikido in 1998 under Shihan Steele in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by Sensei Suenaka in 2003.  Sensei Lawton is a certified member of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai and was awarded the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) by DNBK in 2014.
 
Jermaine Alley, Sensei – started Aikido in 1998 under Shihan Steele in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by Sensei Suenaka in 2001.  He was awarded the rank of Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt) by the Ki Shin Kai organization in October, 2007.
 
Jason Jahn, Sensei – started Aikido in 2003 under Shihan Steele in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by the Ki Shin Kai organization in 2008. His rank of Shodan has also been certified by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
 
Rick VanAuker, Sensei – started Aikido in 2007 under Shihan Steele in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by the Shinzui Kan Aikido dojo in 2012.  His rank of Shodan has also been certified by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
 
Keary Lightfoot, Sensei – started Aikido in 2008 under Shihan Steele in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by the Shinzui Kan Aikido dojo in 2012.  His rank of Shodan has also been certified by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
 
Chris Ring, Sensei – started Aikido in 2009 under Shihan Dai O’Brien in Richmond.  He was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Aikido by the Shinzui Kan Aikido dojo in 2016.
 
** Neither Aikido of Richmond, LLC, nor any of its assistant instructors, is currently affiliated with Roy Y. Suenaka or the American International Ki Development and Philosophical Society.

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