After training in Tae Kwon Do for several years, Brian Kelley began training in Aikido in 1980 at the Shodokan Dojo in Salem, Massachusetts with Bernie Mulligan sensei. He also trained at New England Aikikai in both Aikido and Iaido with Mitsunari Kanai sensei. In 1982 he moved to Virginia with his family. Because there was no Aikido dojo in the Harrisonburg, Va. area, he made occasional trips to Capitol Aikikai in Washington, DC to train, and did this for several years. In 1989 he began training in Ki Aikido under Jon Doner sensei of Blue Ridge Ki-Aikido in Charlottesville VA. He was awarded Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Ki Aikido in 1996.
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