|About||Providence Aikikai was started by Sensei David Halprin, 7th Dan Shihan of the United States Aikido Federation.|
David Halprin Shihan, 7th Dan. Chief Instructor
David Halprin is our Chief instructor. He is a 7th dan (7th degree black belt) and was awarded the rank of Shihan (Master Teacher) by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, son of the founder, and the United States Aikido Federation.
He began training in 1977 at New England Aikikai under Kanai Sensei, 8th dan. He was appointed an instructor by Kanai Sensei at New England Aikikai in 1984, and studied with him until he passed away in 2004. He founded Framingham Aikikai in 2000, and Providence Aikikai in 2012. He is also is a fourth degree black belt in Iaido.
Wayne Sherman, 5th Dan, Shidoin.
Wayne Sherman has trained in Aikido for 25 years and is and a certified Shidoin (instructor) of the US Aikido Federation. He was formerly Chief Instructor of Central Aikikai Rhode Island. Wayne also holds a rank of 5th Dan in Jujitsu.
Paul Sheedy, 1st Dan, Dojo Cho
Paul Sheedy has trained at Framingham Aikikai for the past 13 years, becoming Dojo Cho (manager) of Providence Aikikai.