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vuong started practicing Aikido in 1993 in HoChiMinh, Vietnam under the HoChiMinh Aikikai Federation. He earned his Shodan in 1997 then practiced for another year then stopped to focus on his career. In 2001 vuong came to the US, but In 2017 his destiny lead him back to Aikido through TRI-CITY AIKIDO TENSHIN DOJO with Brandon Needham Sensei. vuong was accepted as a student and has been training with us ever since. vuong is currently a shodan and assists with teaching regular classes when needed.
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in 2013 john joined tri-city aikido. having no prior aikido experience he embraced the tenshin aikido way and immediately knew it was what he was looking for. john has remained very dedicated and vigilant in his aikido training and applies it to his daily life.
john is currently on a hiatus and we hope to see him back on the mat soon.
Michael Peterson, 1st Kyu, began studying Aikido in 1993 under Paul Martin Sensei and continued under his son Todd Martin Sensei for a total of seven years and obtained the rank of second Kyu. Both of them are affiliated with United States Aikido Federation (USAF). He graduated from college and moved out of state unable to continue his study of aikido. After returning from deployment, he returned to Aikido in 2015 joining Tri-City Aikido TenShin dojo under the instruction of Brandon Needham sensei affiliated with Bushido TenShin Aikido federation. mike obtained his 1st kyu directly from Brandon needham sensei.
he is currently assisting with instruction of the adults program.