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Sensei Jack Richford and Sensei Ted Kendris


Jack Richford, dojo cho of Shamokin Aikido Kai, has been practicing aikido for more than 30 years. He began his training under Eric Humphreys Sensei in Richmond, VA, in 1989. Eric Sensei is a student of Gaku Homma Sensei, Aikido Nippon Kan, Denver, Colorado. In 1994, Jack received the rank of Shodan from Bill Witt Shihan.  In 1996, Jack began training under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Jack is a founding member of Aikido in the Fan, Richmond, VA. In 2009, Jack was promoted to the rank of Nidan. In 2019, The Center for Movement Arts (TCMA) was recognized for its unique community outreach in Peace Education by Peace Dojos International. Jack continues to share his work in Leadership and Peace locally and internationally though the Applied Aikido Association.

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Sensei Jack Richford


Ted Kendris, began his aikido training in 1993 with Arthur Benjamin Sensei (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) in Evanston, Illinois. He continued with Pierre Gosselin Sensei (Shidoin, USAF) in the mid-1990s while studying in Quebec, Canada. He returned to Benjamin Sensei’s dojo in 1999 and then spent some time training at Wendy Whited Sensei’s dojo before moving to Northeast Pennsylvania in 2003. Ted was awarded the rank of Shodan in 2010 through ASU, while training with Eric Webber Sensei and Michael Harrell Sensei at Aikido West Reading. In 2017, Ted translated Ne cessez pas d’être gentils, soyez forts (In Search of Martial Kindness) from French to English for Christian Vanhenten, a highly skilled aikidoist and life coach in Belgium. Both Ted and Jack have enjoyed training with Vanhenten Sensei in Belgium, Washington, D.C., and at the Center for Movement Arts. In 2021, Ted was promoted to Nidan by Vanhenten Sensei through Aiki Libre, Belgium.

Sensei Ted Kendris
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