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August 8, 2019—August 11, 2019

Aikido Intensive with G.Lyons Sensei, J.Toko Flower Sensei, and R. Savoca Sensei

The Chief Instructors from Bucks County Aikido, Athens Aikido, and Brooklyn Aikikai will lead this summer aikido intensive. The daily schedule will consist of practice in aikido, weapons, and zazen. Those interested in participation can contact mail@brooklynaikikai.com.


Aikido practitioners outside of Birankai should contact mail@brooklynaikikai.com if they are interested in participating.



George Lyons Sensei, chief instructor of Bucks County Aikido, began his study of Aikido in 1985 with T.K. Chiba Shihan. In 1986 he joined the teachers training program and became an apprentice of Chiba Shihan. After six years with Chiba Sensei, he finished his apprenticeship in Tokyo, Japan, as a live-in student in Hombu Dojo, under the guidance of the late K. Ueshiba, son of O-Sensei. Lyons Sensei served on the Biranaki Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009. He also serves on the Birankai Senior Council. Lyons Sensei is a 6th-degree black belt and Shihan (master teacher). He has been teaching in Bucks County since 1992.

Toko Jenny Flower is chief instructor of Athens Aikido. She began her training in Norwich, England in 1989 before moving to San Diego two years later to train under T. K. Chiba Shihan for three years in the Kenshusei program living for one year as Uchideshi at San Diego Aikikai. During this time she was also fortunate to train extensively under M. Murashige Shihan who she considers to be an important teacher for her. In 1997 she moved to Greece and founded and ran Athens Aikikai for nearly ten years before establishing Athens Aikido in 2008. She currently holds the rank of 6th degree black belt and is a Birankai International certified instructor (Shidoin).

Ryugan Robert D. Savoca, chief instructor of Brooklyn Aikikai, began studying judo and aikido at age 13 in San Diego County. He continued to study aikido at UCLA and then the West Los Angeles Aikido Institute. Moving to New York, he continued his training at Aikido of Manhattan for a year and a half with Juba Nour Shihan. Afterwards, he apprenticed to T.K. Chiba Shihan as an uchideshi (live in student) in San Diego for a year. Moving back to New York, he resumed training with Juba Nour Shihan and then started Brooklyn Aikikai in 2001. Savoca holds the rank of rokudan (6th dan), and is certified to teach by Birankai North America.

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