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Ted Howell Sensei

Ted Howell is the chief instructor / director of the Shobukan Dojo, located in New Jersey. He began studying Japanese jujutsu (Hakko-ryu) in 1983 and was first introduced to the art of aikido in 1985. Upon attending college, Howell Sensei joined the Richard Stockton College Aikido Club and studied aikido under the direction of the late Eugene Waddell Sensei (5th dan Shidoin, Aikikai). He later went on to study aikido under the late Fumio Toyoda Sensei (6th dan Shihan, founder of the Aikido Association of America) and founded Pinelands Aikido in 1992 under the direction of the AAA.

In 1993 Ted Howell affiliated with the Aiki Martial Arts Institute (at that time, named Aikido of Maryland) and became a direct student of John Goss Sensei. In 1997 Ted Howell began studying the art of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and is the senior member of the Maryland Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Study Group under the guidance of John Goss Sensei.

Ted Howell Sensei is the senior ranking student at the Aiki Martial Arts Institute. He is the second highest ranked Korindo instructor actively teaching in the United States and is one of only a handful of American jujutsu practitioners holding black belt rank in mainline Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu.

Howell Sensei holds the rank of 5th degree black belt (certified instructor) in Mikata-ha Korindo Aikido, 4th degree black belt in Aikikai Aikido, 1st degree black belt in AAA Aikido and 2nd degree black belt in [mainline] Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. He is a martial arts enthusiast and has a background that includes the study of Hakko-ryu Jujutsu, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Kali, and karate. Howell Sensei is a police officer in New Jersey and serves as an instructor of defensive tactics, baton, and firearms.

Ted is an active contributor to the Aikido Journal and is the author of “Mainline Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Revisited” and “Aikido Politics and the Growth of Korindo in America.” He is internationally known as the Internet spokesman for John Goss Sensei and Mikata-ha Korindo Aikido.