Aikido Hartford at the
Academy of Martial Arts
1404 Tolland Turnpike
Manchester, CT 06042

O Sensei
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Chief Instructor

SenseiMichaelSheahon Michael Sheahon Shihan (master teacher), seventh-degree black belt, founded Aikido Hartford in 1994. The U.S. Aikido Federation promoted him to the rank of shihan in 2010. This is the highest rank awarded by the federation and the Aikikai Foundation, which is the aikido world headquarters and parent organization for the development and expansion of aikido throughout the world.

Sheahon has trained 21 aikido students to ranks between first-degree black belt and fifth-degree black belt. He began practicing aikido in 1972 in Tokyo at the aikido world headquarters (Hombu Dojo) where he trained for 12 years. He began teaching aikido in 1978 when he founded Nonotuck Aikikai in Northampton, Massachusetts. He later served six years as assistant instructor to Seijuro Masuda Shihan, eighth-degree black belt (hachidan), at the International Aikido Club in Tokyo. Sheahon founded Aikido-Wichita in Wichita, Kansas, in 1989. To learn more about his teaching and experience with aikido, read an interview with Sheahon conducted by his students.