John Peng

John Peng

John Peng began his study of martial arts in 1990 at UCLA and has trained in a variety of "striking" arts including Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, and Wing Chun Kung Fu. In 1995, after seeing kotegaeshi in his first Aikido class, he knew intuitively that Aikido was the path that he was seeking.

John began his Aikido training in Albany, NY, in February 1995.  He moved to Seattle in June 1997, and has been training at the Seattle School of Aikido ever since.  He began teaching classes at the Seattle School of Aikido in November 2002, after having obtained his "local" Shodan (1st degree black belt) rank from the Seattle School in November 2002.

John joined the Hombu Dojo Aikikai after attaining his Aikikai Shodan (1st degree black belt) Rank from Seishiro Endo Shihan, 8th Dan Aikikai, in Seattle in April 2008.  He then passed his Nidan test (2nd degree black belt) with Endo Shihan in Seattle in April 2012, and then passed his Sandan test (3rd degree black belt) in Lillsved, Sweden with Jan Nevelius Shihan in July 2015.

John currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt), and continues to study under the guidance and tutelage of Jan Nevelius Shihan, 6th Dan Aikikai, head of the Swedish Aikido Federation, and one of Endo Shihan's senior students.  The aikido lineage originates with Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan (died 1996, 9th dan), who was Endo Shihan's primary instructor, and with whom Nevelius Shihan also studied with directly during his time in Japan.

John was Board President of the Seattle School of Aikido from 2008 through 2014, and became the Dojo's Chief Instructor of Adult Aikido in September 2013.  He has aligned the dojo grading process with Hombu Dojo Aikikai through Nevelius Shihan, who will perform the grading exams here in Seattle for all of the yudansha (black belt) ranks when students become eligible.

John is working on developing his Aikido in a style that is both soft, yet sharp in its contact.  One that creates techniques with the partner, instead of doing techniques to the partner.

John is also an MD in internal medicine and practices full time in Lynnwood, just north of Seattle.

I began my study of martial arts as a way to explore the mind-body connection, but I got tired of learning how to hit people.

Through Aikido practice, I experience integrated mind-body metaphors which show me opportunities for improving myself, through which I learn how to improve my relationships with others.” — John Peng