Dennis Belt Sensei began his aikido training in 1978 by attending a class at Ventura College taught by Nobu Iseri Shihan. Soon after starting, he was fortunate enough to attend an aikido seminar that really opened his eyes and he has been training ever since. He has studied intensively with T.K. Chiba Shihan.
Belt Sensei is a rokudan (6th degree black belt) and, in 2010, he was awarded Shihan (master teacher certification) by T.K. Chiba Shihan.
He is a member of the Senior Council of Birankai North America (BNA) and was a long time member of the BNA examination committee. He has studied Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship) since 1994.
Belt Sensei is the chief Instructor at Ventura Aikikai.
Pat Belt’s entry into martial arts started with karate lessons at her local YMCA while still in high school. While at CSULA, she took an aikido class offered through the PE department. Shortly after graduating, she began regular training in 1981 with F. Takahashi Shihan in Temple City, California. After moving to Ventura County in 1986, Pat continued her training with Nobu Iseri Shihan and D. Belt Sensei. She has also studied intensively with T.K. Chiba.
Pat is a Godan (5th degree black belt) and is a Shidoin (BNA certified instructor). She is a member of the teacher’s council of BNA and has served as its secretary. She has studied Iaido since 1997.
Pat is enthusiastic about making aikido accessible to all, but especially to women
William Champion’s interest in aikido came via his brother Harold (Archie) Champion Shihan who is the chief instructor of Central Coast Aikikai. William began his Aikido training in 1992 with N. Iseri Shihan and D. Belt Sensei. He has studied Iaido since 1996. William is a Yondan (4th degree black belt) and a Fukushidoin (BNA certified assistant instructor).
William is currently leading our kid’s program and is proud to have his son as a student. In his professional life, William is a social worker for the County of Ventura and works with children.
Roger’s introduction to aikido was a demonstration by Ota Sensei at UCSB in 1975. Intrigued but graduating soon, he filed that information away until 1993 when a small ad for aikido caught his attention. It was then he began studying aikido under the direction of Nobuo Iseri Shihan and D. Belt Sensei at the Moving Centre (now Ventura Aikikai.) Roger currently holds the rank of Sandan and was promoted to fukushidoin in January 2012. He has studied Iaido since 1998.
When he is not in the dojo or his classroom, where he works with students with mild to moderate disabilities, Roger may be found surfing or on a long distance paddle often miles from shore.