Through the years, many students have benefited from the Aikido programs taught by the instructors at the Aikido Academy SGV.
Classes are taught by the following instructors:
M. Takahashi – Dojo Director
M. Takahashi is a direct student of O’ Sensei and continues to pass down O’Sensei’s legacy by teaching the founder’s Aikido.
For more information, please look at TOZAI O KAKERU AIKIDOKA INTERVIEW in ECHAN DERAVY in You Tube (80 minutes interview with M.Takahashi in
Francis Takahashi – 7th Dan
Francis is currently ranked 7th dan as recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo. He is also the Aikikai representative for Aikikai Associates West Coast, affiliated with Hombu Dojo. He is currently the Senior Adviser to Aikido Academy SGV.
Rick Klein – 5th Dan
Rick Klein has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he began his Aikido training in 1966 at the University of Hawaii while attending summer school. He returned to L.A. to finish his undergraduate degree at Cal State Northridge and continued practicing aikido at L.A. Aikikai. He attained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University in 1972. Rick joined Aikido Academy in 1985 and became part of the teaching staff several years later, and still trains at the Aikido Academy every week. Rick is currently a godan and was founder and chief instructor of Sycamores Aikido from 2000 until 2012, a specialized aikido program for “at risk” children.
Sam Ryono – 5th Dan
Sam was born on October 16, 1938 in San Pedro, California. He is currently semi-retired and enjoys traveling with his wife. Sam practiced judo during his high school years and became interested in aikido to increase and expand his mental and physical training. He is currently a godan. Through his aikido instruction, he would like to assist students in learning fundamentals that they can apply to their daily lives.From 1986 until the present time, Sam has been privileged to train under Frances Takahashi. Under the shihan’s guidance,our dojo instructors are prepared to give prospective students their time, knowledge, and experience to help them find a path in reaching their goals. Aikido training can be a lifelong journey towards a happier life.
Ron Dahl – 4th Dan
Ron Dahl is entering his twenty-fifth year in aikido, having received his yondan (4th dan) from Francis Takahashi Sensei in 2008. Dahl Sensei currently teaches an adult fundamentals class at the dojo, and also runs an aikido program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. Dahl Sensei believes that the principle of benevolence is what distinguishes aikido as a martial art and he strives to incorporate that concept, along with a strong belief in martial integrity, into all of his teaching and practice.
Reid Honjiyo – 3rd Dan
Dustin McClellan – 1st Kyu