“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”

— Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, Founder of Aikido

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Tuesdays     8 — 9:30 pm

Thursdays     8 — 9:30 pm

at the New Tampa YMCA.

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Ed Henandez Sensei


Hernandez Sensei is currently ranked 4th Dan, Shidoin (certified instructor). He started training in Misawa, Japan in 1989. Shortly afterwards he moved to Rota, Spain where he met Gus Rodriguez Sensei, 5th Dan. He trained under the guidance of Rodriguez Sensei until 1994. He was awarded his 1st Dan by Yasunari Kitaura Shihan of the Asociacion Cultural Aikikai de Espana in 1994. From 1995 thru 2003 he trained in several dojos due to his military service in the Marine Corps. In 2004, He became the founding member of New River Aikikai, with Alex Peterson Sensei, 6th Dan, Shidoin in Jacksonville, North Carolina.   During the summer of 2009, Hernandez Sensei moved to Tampa, Florida with his family and started New Tampa Aikido in May 2010. He continues to train under Birankai, North America by attending seminars and summer camps.

Mark Reid Sensei

ReidSenseiWhile recovering from surgery in 1995, the book Aikido and the Harmony of Nature, set Reid Sensei on a lifetime study of aikido.  During college, he trained under Irv Faust Sensei in Latham, NY and Lorraine DiAnne Shihan in West Springfield, MA. Since joining the Marine Corps, Reid Sensei has trained with teachers and systems within the aikido community across the U.S. and abroad.  In 2014, he reintroduced aikido in Jacksonville, NC by founding Live Oak Aikikai under the supervision of his teacher, Alex Peterson Sensei (Summit Aikikai). Currently ranked sandan (third-degree black belt), Reid Sensei is a fukushidoin (assistant instructor) under Birankai North America and the International Aikido Federation.


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Get Started

There are no monthly dues other than a membership at the New Tampa Family YMCA–which can be as little as $29 or $39 a month. There are a number of membership options with different rates. Call the Y at (813) 866-9622 to ask about the differences in rates and benefits that they offer.

To come in and try Aikido with us, you can get a free guest pass for non-members of the Y (no mat fee required). We train in the gymnastics room at the far end of the basketball court–come 10 minutes early. Sweat pants are preferable to shorts as some techniques are done from kneeling.

If you have any questions please call 910-545-3093 or email ntaikido@gmail.com

The New Tampa Family YMCA is located at 16221 Compton Dr. Tampa, FL 33647