About Aikido of Pittsburgh


Dojo History

Aikido of Pittsburgh (AOP) was founded in Pittsburgh in 1970 and classes were held in various locations during the early years. AOP established the Etna dojo in 1993. Aikido of Pittsburgh is an independent, unaffiliated martial arts school offering classes in traditional Aikido, and welcomes all who desire to train in Aikido in a dynamic and non-aggressive environment.

Founder and Executive Director

Aikido of Pittsburgh was founded by Sensei Ruriko Masutani, Rokudan (6th dan). S. Masutani began practicing Aikido in her native Japan as a child in the early 1950ís under the guidance of her father. After moving to the United States and finally settling in Pittsburgh, S. Masutani continued training and began teaching seminars up and down the east coast.

Senior Instructors

Jim Weldon
Yondan (4th dan)
Bob Dassel
Yondan (4th dan)
Nigel Beckford
Sandan (3rd dan)
Matt Streiff
Sandan (3rd dan)
Alan Pelton
Sandan (3rd dan)
John Puskarich
Sandan (3rd dan)

Instructors

Skip Fox
Sandan (3nd dan)
Barbara Brandom
Nidan (2nd dan)
Dave Parker
Nidan (2nd dan)

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