History of Aikido of Richmond

Aikido of Richmond was founded in 1990 by Shihan Steven Steele. Shihan Steele started studying Aikido in 1980 under Sensei Roy Suenaka in Charleston, South Carolina.  After opening the Richmond dojo, Shihan Steele continued to train under Sensei Suenaka and was awarded the rank of Rokudan (6th degree Black Belt) in Aikido by Sensei Suenaka in 2002.
In 2008, Shihan Steele retired to Thailand and transferred the Aikido of Richmond dojo to several of his senior instructors. We all thank Shihan Steele for his years of dedication to studying and teaching the art of Aikido, and to giving the dojo such a strong history.
On December 27th, 2011, Dr. H.T. Hamada, International Chairman of the prestigious Japanese martial arts organization, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, bestowed the organization name of Shinzui Kan Aikido on our affiliated dojo in Jacksonville, Florida, which is currently led by Sensei Richard Keys.  Our dojo and the Forsyth, GA dojo are also part of Shinzui Kan.  Shinzui Kan means Hall of Quintessence.  This name was given to help create a new chapter to the unending quest of reaching the quintessence of Aikido spirit.


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