Certified Aikido Instructor
Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art that uses pins and projection throws to neutralize an attacker while causing the least amount of harm. Aikido is a true budo or Martial Way that evolved in the historic tradition of Japanese warrior arts. Studied in earnest, budo is more than a science of tactics and self-defense; it is a discipline for perfecting the spirit. For more information visit http://www.usaikifed.com
David Hill is the instructor at The Ellsworth Aikikai and holds the rank of sandan (3rd degree black belt). He is also a fukushidoin (certified instructor) in the United States Aikido Federation. He began his Aikido training in Toronto in 1990 where he studied Yoshinkan Aikido for a brief time before joining the Toronto Aikikai. In the summer of 1992 he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and studied under the guidance of Didier Bertrand at Aikido of Indianapolis and Akira Tohei Shihan of the Midwest Aikido Federation.
In 1998 he moved to Ellsworth, Maine and founded the Ellsworth Aikikai. The dojo became affiliated with the USAF Eastern Region in late 2000 and currently is under the guidance of Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, chief instructor at the New York Aikikai, and Harvey Konigsberg Shihan, chief instructor of Woodstock Aikido.