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 February 1994.

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.

Apodaca 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 private lessons.


How can I get more information or attend classes?

Contact Frank Apodaca Sensei at (919) 638-5117 or info@deepriveraikikai.com.  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, adults and young adults, ages 11 and up.  Please wear a traditional white Aikido, Judo or Karate uniform, or long sleeves and pants (light clothing) for introduction.  A uniform will need to be purchased if you choose to join.
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