Who is the instructor?
Frank Apodaca Sensei began his Aikido training in November 1985 at San
Diego Aikikai under the direction of T. K. Chiba, 8th Dan, Shihan
(Master Instructor). In 1987, he was accepted into Chiba Sensei’s
Kenshusei program and as an Uchi Deshi (live-in student). This is an
intensive and comprehensive Aikido instructor’s training program which
includes Aikido, Iaido (Japanese Sword Drawing), Traditional Wooden
Sword and Knife, and intensive Meditation.
During this training, he progressed to the rank of sandan (3rd. dan)
and received his Fukushidoin certification (assistant instructor) in
December 1990. After additional years of committed study, he was
promoted to yondan (4th dan) and certified as Shidoin (instructor) in
Upon completing his apprenticeship in December 1994, he moved to
Portland, Oregon to teach Aikido full-time as the Chief Instructor at
Multnomah Aikikai. In January 2000, Apodaca Sensei was promoted to
godan (5th dan). In October 2000, he moved to the mid-michigan area
where he founded and taught at Mid-Michigan Aikikai. In April of 2008
he was promoted to Rokudan (6th dan). In August of 2010, he moved to
North Carolina founding Deep River Aikikai in Pittsboro and enjoys
living and working near his children: Marcus and Isabella.
Sensei (teacher) is a 6th degree black belt with over 30 years of
extensive training and teaching experience. Apodaca Sensei recently
(January 8th, 2017) awarded Shihan (master level instructor) title by
the world Aikido headquarters. His teaching style is patient and
fitting to the student's abilities. He is available for group and
can I get more
information or attend classes?
Contact Frank Apodaca Sensei at (919) 638-5117 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Deep River Aikikai practices at
The Bridge at Rivermill in Saxapahaw, NC on Sundays, Mondays and
Fridays, and at Living Arts Collective in Durham, NC on Wednesdays.
Come in to watch and talk to our teacher and our students prior to
training. Classes are open to all levels of experience,
and young adults, ages 11 and up. Please wear a traditional
Aikido, Judo or Karate uniform, or long sleeves and pants (light
clothing) for introduction. A uniform will need to be
if you choose to join.