Wadokai Aikido

Wadokai Aikido is the international Association of dojos that teach Suenaka Ha Tesugaku-ho Aikido found by Roy Y Suenaka sensei in 1975

Wadokai Aikidol teaches Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho Aikido, which means "Suenaka style, philosophical way." Equal emphasis is placed on physical and personal betterment. A direct student of O'Sensei, Suenaka Sensei incorporates all of O'Sensei's teachings in his style, combined with his extensive experience in real-world self-defense. The result is a martial art that is "street effective" yet respectful of all living things, conducted in a dynamic, joyful and welcoming atmosphere, without conflict or machismo. All sincere seekers are invited to study.


The Buffalo Suenaka Wadokai Dojo at KinTora remembered Sensei today with a short class, memories shared, prayers given, and a spaghetti lunch. We miss you Sensei, but will continue to pass on your teachings of Aikido and love.

Winter Camp 2020

[02/25/20]   Thank you Ohana for taking care of me this weekend during a very emotional time. Sensei’s love was felt everywhere. I so appreciated the help with transportation, housing and nutrition, as well as all the emotional support and love.
In aiki, Judy Grundy Shihan ❤️

Serious Training

Winter camp 2019 :)

Sensei Olivia Chau :)

Sensei Belinda Lausier :)

Sensei Dmitry Zhukov :)

Wadokai Aikido in Bali Indonesia :)

Wadokai Aikido in Beirut Lebanon :)

Wadokai Aikido in Beirut Lebanon :)

A nice gathering of Wadokai Aikido from Buffalo, Wisconsin, Chicago, Bloomington, NoVa, Hombu, Saluda, Indianapolis and China :)

Summer camp 2018 :)

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Wadokai Aikido

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Wadokai Aikido

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Winter camp 2/17/18

[06/07/17]   The 41st annual summer camp in Cheraw South Carolina is underway :)
Another great week of training with Sensei Suenaka

[11/25/15]   Happy Thanksgiving :)

[09/08/15]   Roy Suenaka, Sensei - Aikido Seminar

October 3, 2015
Buffalo, New York

Kin-Tora Martial Arts Center
1827 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14207

The seminar will run from 9:30 am to 5:00 or 6:00 pm with a break for lunch. Registration at 9:00am.

Cost is $110 per person; family rate $100 each
Free to come watch

Everyone is welcome.

Sensei arrives in Buffalo on Friday, October 2nd. There will be an extra pre-Seminar class on Friday night from approximately 7 to 9 pm. No charge for those attending the Saturday Seminar. $10 (KinTora) fee for those who can not be at the seminar.

Saturday, after the Seminar people will gather at Shihan Mike Hawley and Anita's house.
3371 Greenway Rd. Grand Island, NY 14072. 716-773-3043

Sunday, October 4th, we will have our post seminar potluck Aikido party at noon. This will be at Shihan Judy and David's house. Please bring food or drink to share.
730 Parkside Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216. 716-838-4430

This is always a fun, exciting seminar. A chance to spend time with Suenaka Sensei and practice with our visiting Shihan, Trey Davidson, to have more aikido questions answered, and to practice and learn techniques. Bring your Complete Aikido book to be signed.

Those from out of town needing housing please contact me. Also remember we are 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and 1 1/2 hours from Toronto (passport needed for entry to Canada). The Autumn leaves should be beautiful.

We look forward to seeing everyone.
In aiki, Judy Grundy, Shihan

Aikido of Suenaka-Ha Buffalo at Kin-Tora


Seminar with Roy Suenaka Sensei on October 3, 2015 at Kin-Tora in Buffalo NY. Come join us!

Seminar with Roy Suenaka Sensei. October 3, 2015 at Kin-Tora in Buffalo NY

[07/20/15]   Villa Rica & Marietta Dojos had testing last Saturday. Even with the 100 degrees temperature in the dojo, all eleven students who tested did a great job. We started at 9AM and finished at about 2:30PM.

[12/31/14]   Happy holidays :)

[10/31/14]   Happy Halloween

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Roy Yukio Suenaka Sensei, founder of Wadokai Aikido™, is one of contemporary budo's most experienced practitioners and best-kept secrets. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Suenaka Sensei's martial instruction began under his father, Warren Kenji Suenaka, who taught his son budo basics and carefully selected his primary martial tutors. These included such legends as Okazaki-ryu Kodenkan Jiu-jitsu founder Henry Seishiro Okazaki, Kosho-ryu Kempo's legendary James Masayoshi Mitose, judoka (and later, aikidoka) Yukiso Yamamoto, and celebrated kendoka Shuji Mikami, from whom Suenaka Sensei received a nidan (2nd degree black belt). Suenaka Sensei began his aikido study upon Koichi Tohei's 1953 visit to Hawaii, and continued his study directly under Founder Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei at the Aikikai Hombu for eight years, beginning in 1961. That same year, Suenaka Sensei received an aikido menkyo kaiden (master-level proficiency) teaching certificate from O'Sensei, and became the first person to open a successful aikido dojo in Okinawa. He also commenced eight years of private study with renowned Matsumura Seito and Hakutsuru Shorin-ryu Karate-do Grandmaster Hohan Soken, receiving from him the rank of rokudan (6th degree black belt). In addition, Suenaka Sensei continued his judo and jiu-jitsu education at the Kodokan under famed Meijin Kazuo Ito, who personally sponsored Suenaka Sensei's promotion to sandan (3rd degree black belt) in judo and jiu-jitsu. In 1972, Suenaka Sensei relocated to Charleston, S.C., where he served as Southeastern U.S. director for Koichi Tohei's International Ki Society until 1975, when Suenaka Sensei resigned to form the American International Ki Development and Philosophical Society (AIKDPS)™. Suenaka Sensei currently teaches Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-hoTM Wadokai Aikido™ and Matsumura Seito Hakutsuru Shorin-ryu Karate-do. He is author of the best-selling Complete Aikido, and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year of aikido study.
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