Hayward Aikido   Martial arts school


Chief Instructor (J.D. Sandoval Sensei)
Assistant Instructors and kenshushei

Chief Instructor

Sandoval Sensei has over 25 years of experience in Aikido.  He holds a 6th degree black belt (Rokudan) and is a certified Aikido instructor. He is also a certified Iaido instructor at the Chu den level. In addition to Aikido, Sandoval Sensei is a 5th degree black belt in Kenpo and has trained extensively in escrima and knife.

Sandoval Sensei began his Aikido training in 1989 with I. Shibata Shihan (8th degree black belt, Master Teacher) at Berkeley Aikikai and became a kenshusei (apprentice for teacher certification) in 1991.

Sandoval Sensei’s Aikido title and rank are recognized through both the IAF (International Aikido Federation) by Hombu Dojo and Birankai International. He has also trained extensively in USAF (United States Aikido Federation) while it was under the direction of T. K. Chiba Shihan (8th degree black belt). Sandoval Sensei received his teaching certification (shidoin) in 2001 after many years of dedication to Aikido.

Hayward Aikido is Sandoval Sensei’s second dojo. Sandoval Sensei is proud to bring Aikido to Hayward and the East Bay. Between 1998 and 2003, he owned, operated and was the Chief Instructor of Marin Aikikai School.

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Children’s Instructors

Isaiah Fernandez  has been training in martial arts for many years.  He started with Shotokan Karate for 13 years, and has been training in Aikido since 2008.  In 2010, he entered Sandoval Sensei’s Kenshusei program, and graduated from it in 2013.  He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido, Shoden ranking in Iaido, and is a certified Birankai Fukushidoin.  Currently, he teaches one adult class and some of the Kids’ classes.

Dana Bush is an accomplished martial artist, and has over 17 years of experience in Aikido. He  holds a 4th degree black belt in Aikido (yondan) and is a registered  fukushidoin (assistant instructor). He is also CPR and First Aid Certified. He has also taught  self-defense to law enforcement and security personnel in special seminars.

Bush Sensei teaches the Kids’ Class for 8-12 year olds. In the Kids’ Classes, the kids learn aikido techniques and practice forms with the wooden sword (bokken). He encourages the kids to develop their safety awareness, self-confidence, and physical fitness in a non-competetive, cooperative and fun environment.

Watch this video of Dana Bush’ Sandan test. (Ukes are Melissa Miller, Bernardo Sandoval, and Nico Sandoval)