We are very excited to announce a live-streamed Zoom seminar class taught by John Peng Sensei this Saturday at 12 pm CDT | 19:00 CET | 6 pm UTC!

John Peng Sensei Bio

John Peng Sensei, 4th Dan Aikikai, has served as the dojo-cho of the Seattle School of Aikido for over the past 10 years.  But due to COVID-19, he was forced to close the dojo permanently on June 30, 2020.

He began training in a variety of “striking” martial arts training at UCLA in 1990, but he found Aikido in 1995 and happily gave up hitting people for what he felt was a more interesting and life-applicable study.

He has been training in Seattle since 1997, and is a direct student of Jan Nevelius Shihan.  His aikido practice follows the lineage of O’Sensei to Yamaguchi Shihan to Endo and Tissier Shihans to Nevelius Shihan.

Seminar Theme

There is No Uke or Nage, There is Only the Quest for Aiki.

Class Description

We will start with basic solo exercises investigating stance, feeling, and intention when “attacking” and/or “defending”.  We will study the active hand and its relationship to the weighted leg.

We will discuss what agreements are needed when partners move slowly during study.  Then we will look at solo practice from both uke and nage perspectives for a few basic techniques.

We will find where and how nage “cuts” in each technique, and how to accept the energy and direction as uke to allow for potential kaeshi waza (reversal techniques).

What to Bring to Class

Just bring yourself, comfortable clothes, and your imagination.  We will not be falling or rolling on the ground, so a mat or padded surface is not needed.

If you have a tanto, shoto, or bokken, you can bring one for some of the exercises.  If you are indoors, please be aware of your surroundings.


Register to receive the Zoom link for the seminar class.

The seminar is by donation, and all proceeds will go to support our work as we continue to bring this practice into the world.

Suggested donation: $15-35

Donate via Paypal: (paypal.me/nolaaikido)

(If that’s too much, pay whatever feels comfortable. If you’re feeling a financial squeeze just come to class.)

Beginners are warmly welcome.

We look forward to practicing with you this Saturday!

Please share this email with any and all you think might like to attend.

Thank you!

Brian Levy

Chief Instructor/Dojo Cho
New Orleans, LA, USA