We follow the technical direction of Patricia Hendricks Shihan, 7th dan.

Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido; trained primarily under Sokaku Takeda (Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu)
Morihiro Saito - Student of the founder at the Iwama dojo for 23 years; caretaker and chief instructor from 1969 until his death in 2002.
Patricia Hendricks - Student of Morihiro Saito Shihan since 1976; opened Aikido of San Leandro in 1984.

Charles Bland (chief instructor; dojo-cho) started Aikido in 1995 at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The University aikido club was instructed by Ted Jones Sensei, a student of Shigeru Kawabe Shihan in Akita, Japan.

At the 2013 Stephanie Yap Sensei seminar in Bismarck, ND
Training history:

  • 2015 - received rank of san-dan from Patricia Hendricks Shihan
  • 2013 - started Kinjo Dojo in Wheat Ridge, CO
  • 2009-2013 - studied under Andrew Blevins sensei at Kiryu Aikido in Lone Tree, CO 
  • 1999-2009 - trained at prominent Denver area aikido dojo
  • 1999 - attended Morihiro Saito Sensei seminar in Denver, CO
  • 1996-1997 - traveled to Japan for a university exchange program, trained as soto deshi in Kyoto under Takanari Higuchi sensei, a direct student of Morihiro Saito Shihan.
  • 1995 - Started aikido at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC

Charles makes regular trips to Aikido of San Leandro to train with Hendricks Shihan in order to bring back and share with Kinjo Dojo.

Tyffany Stipetic began aikido training in 2005 in Denver, CO. In 2009 she became a student at Kiryu Aikido under Andrew Blevins Sensei.

Tyffany and Jason-Sensei in Bismarck, ND
In 2011 with the recommendation of Andrew Blevins Sensei, Tyffany traveled to Hollywood, FL to train with Stephanie Yap Sensei for two months as uchi-deshi.

Tyffany has traveled with Charles to several seminars around the country including annual trips to the spring seminar hosted by Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo, and Bismarck ND with Stephanie Yap Sensei. 

She has made return trips to Aikido of South Florida, and to Aikido of San Leandro to train with Pat Hendricks Shihan.