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Registration begins at 7:30 AM.

Session 1 - Sensei Richard Rosenthal - Largo Mano Escrima - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Session 2 - Sensei Dan Gilbert - Shunpookan Aikido - 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM


North Acres Baptist Church - 5803 Millertown Pike, Knoxville, TN 37924


ASDF Members: $30  Non-ASDF Members: $50
(includes 1 year ASDF membership, a one-time savings of $15 off the regular annual membership.)


Shunpookan Aikido is Growing and Delivering Services to the Local Community!

Gaston College

Shunpookan Aikido is now working with Gaston College to offer regular Self Defense classes. 

Aikido-based Safety and Self Defense focuses on practical issues such as avoiding risky situations, dealing with threats and other topics. See for more information.

Appalachian State University

Mr. Anthony Varrialli has started a Shunpookan Aikido club at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. 

We are excited about this opportunity to bring Aikido to a new community and look forward to future visits and seminars in Boone NC.

American Self Defense Federation


Shunpookan Aikido NC has joined the American Self Defense Federation.

The American Self-Defense Federation (ASDF) was established in Knoxville, Tennessee, on February 19, 2022, to preserve and propagate the skills, values, and traditions found within traditional martial arts.

The ASDF was founded to support the growth of traditional martial arts. All traditional styles are welcome. 

For Members …

  • Join a network of like-minded traditional martial artists.

  • Train and exchange ideas with students and instructors from other traditional martial art styles.

  • A dojo referral service where you will know the instruction is top-notch.

  • Discounts on ASDF sponsored and hosted events.

  • An organization that exists solely to support and provide opportunities for you to further your training goals.

For member instructors …

  • We maintain a page listing all ASDF member instructor-run schools with contact information.

  • We network for and work with member instructors to promote their schools.

  • We will promote member schools and instructors on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok

  • We refer anyone looking for a traditional martial arts school in the instructor’s area to member instructors.

  • Member instructors will be invited to present at ASDF-sponsored clinics and seminars.

The original Shunpookan NC Dojo was established in 2005 in Gastonia NC.


Shunpookan SC New Location

Check out the new training site for Shunpookan SC - instructor Gene Spera.

223 Church Street, Clover SC 29710



2:00 to 4:000


Seminar 2022 - June 4-5 Raleigh NC



Shunpookan Aikido participated in a multi-discipline martial arts seminar in Raleigh NC. Our host was Balance Martial Arts under Sensei Chris Moulinier - 

Systems represented were: Chito-ryu Karate, Uechi-ryu Karate, Shunpookan Aikido, Isshin-ryu Karate, Shorin-ryu Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Largo Mano Escrima, and  Kobudo.

Participants from Shunpookan Aikido included the head instructor, Sensei Gilbert, assistant instructors Alex and Steve Austin and Gene Spere, and senior student Oscar Benitez. 

The seminar was an excellent reminder of how powerful sharing and communication can be in growing your appreciation of martial arts. Despite the wide range of approaches and disciplines involved everyone took away something new that can help them in their own art.

As Sensei Bob Noel, Uechi-ryu Karate said during the seminar - the greatest value of attending is often the new relationships you build and the support network you maintain through your participation.

Covid 19


We follow all NC guidance for COVID-19

Currently there are no restrictions for those that are vaccinated or have natural immunity as a result of having recovered.

Regardless, all students must practice good hygiene practices. Wash your hands and arms before every class. Keep your Gi in good condition, washing it regularly. Do not attend class if you suspect you are ill.



Shunpookan NC trains in the Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. We have had a partnership with the church since 2007 and enjoy the church's strong support. 

As a downtown school we try to make Aikido accessible to all. We welcome people of all backgrounds and experience to train with us.

The address is 258 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia NC 28056. 

Parking is available just outside the hall in the city parking lot. The entrance is on the South side of the parking lot.



We are very conscious of safety in our dojo. 

Every instructor or student is individually responsible for their own, and their training partner's safety.

Our facility has fully stocked First Aid kits, and an AED. Our instructors maintain CPR certification. In addition our senior instructor is certified in Refuse To Be A Victim, Child Safety and other topics covered under the Safeguarding God's People program of the Episcopal Church.

If you have any safety concerns please bring them to the attention of the instructor. 

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