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Kin Tora Martial Arts Club, Wadokai Aikido of Buffalo
Welcome to the Wadokai Aikido of Buffalo Home Page. We are located 1827 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14207. The dojo phone number is (716) 871-1260. Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
My name is Michael Hawley, Dojo Cho, 6th Dan (6th degree black belt) under Roy Y. Suenaka Sensei, Soke, founder of Wadokai, and direct student of the founder of aikido, O'Sensei. Suenaka Sensei received the Certificate of Complete Mastery (Menkyo Keiden) from O'Sensei in 1961. He began his aikido career in 1953 in Hawaii.
Wadokai Aikido is the international organization of the students of Sensei Roy Suenaka. More a family than an organization, Wadokai Aikido was founded in part to further the growth and spread of Aikido, the way of harmony. The members of Wadokai are a close-knit group, and every Wadokai dojo teaches Suenaka-Ha Tetsugaku-Ho Aikido, or “Suenaka style, philosophical way.” At the heart of this philosophical way is the unification of the martial and spiritual elements of Aikido, training that requires austere study and practice that takes decades, if not one’s entire life. In Suenaka-Ha Aikido, equal emphasis is placed on physical and personal development. Suenaka Sensei, a direct student of Aikido’s founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, incorporates all of O’Sensei’s teachings into his style of Aikido. Also a student of many other arts and masters, Suenaka Sensei imbues a wealth of knowledge and experience into his own teaching. The result is a martial art that is powerful and effective, yet respectful of all living things. Aikido is a rigorous and dynamic physical practice conducted in a joyful, welcoming atmosphere, without conflict or machismo. A student of Wadokai Aikido can expect to train his body, mind, and spirit in a familial (and often very humid) atmosphere.