George Ledyard Sensei began his Aikido studies in 1976 under the direct instruction of Mitsugi Saotome and has continued this association ever since. Ledyard Sensei currently holds the rank of 7th Dan in Aikido and Shodan in Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. He counts Hiroshi Ikeda, William Gleason, Howard Popkin, Mary Heiny, Tom Read, Endo Seichiro, and Dan Harden as strong influences on his Aikido.

Ledyard Sensei was recently made a member of the Ueshiba Juku by Saotome Sensei. This connotes a direct line of “transmission” from the Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, through Saotome Sensei to his personally trained students.

He is the Founder of Defensive Tactics Options™, a system of police and security training which specializes in less-than-lethal force alternatives and Options for Protective Control™, an ultra low-level force system for physical intervention with juveniles and emotionally disturbed subjects.

Sensei Ledyard believes that Aikido should be both a spiritual practice and a martial art. He is known for his work with the staff and sword and also for an innovative approach to applied empty-hand technique which brings in elements from his training in Japanese Koryu, Iaido, Filipino martial arts and Systema. He has  over thirty five years of Aikido teaching experience. In addition to teaching Aikido seminars internationally, Ledyard Sensei was invited to participate in the first three historic Aiki Expos and is a regular contributor to both and He is the author of over 10 DVD instructional DVDs on empty hand and weapons in Aikido (www.AikidoDvds.Com).

Upcoming Seminars

Ledyard Sensei - 4Day Aiki Principles Intensive

October 11 - October 14, 2019
Shindai Dojo, 1940 Brengle Ave, Orlando, FL 32808 United States
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Annual 2-day seminar event with George Ledyard Sensei, 7th dan at Aikido of Marshall, Wisconsin

November 2 - November 3, 2019
, 212 West Main Street, Marshall, WI 53211 United States
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ASU Western Fall Camp/25th Anniversary of Redlands Aikikai

November 7 - November 11, 2019
, 590 Nevada Street, Suites A, B & C, Redlands, CA 92373 United States
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George Ledyard Sensei, 7th Dan at Bozeman, Montana

November 15 - November 17, 2019
, 2308 No. 7th Unit G, Bozeman, MTMontana 59715 United States
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Sensei George Ledyard