Ed Hernandez Sensei
Hernandez Sensei is currently ranked 5th 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, 6th 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.