Gordon Hannah
Gordon Hannah
Chief Instructor


Kanai Sensei
Kanai Sensei

About Us

East End Aikikai is the only Aikido dojo in the Pittsburgh area affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation. The United States Aikido Federation is the premier Aikido organization in the United States with direct affiliation with Hombu Dojo, Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Gordon Hannah (5th Dan or 5th degree black belt) is the chief instructor of East End Aikikai. Hannah Sensei began studying Aikido in 1978. In 1984, he moved to Cambridge, MA to study Aikido under Kanai Sensei (8th Dan) at New England Aikikai. Under the direction of Kanai Sensei, Hannah Sensei taught classes at New England Aikikai and Portland Aikido from 1990 until 1997. He has also trained in Brazilian jiujitsu, yoga, meditation, and other martial arts. He founded East End Aikikai in Pittsburgh in 2009.

Kanai Sensei

Kanai Sensei was an 8th degree black belt in Aikido and one of the last uchi deshi (live-in apprentice) of O Sensei, the founder of Aikido. Kanai Sensei was instrumental in the founding of the United States Aikido Federation and was Technical Director for the Eastern United States. He taught widely in Japan, Europe, and throughout the United States and Canada.

First Anniversary Seminar
East End Aikikai First Anniversary Seminar


Portland dojo
Gordon Hannah (first row, far right) with Kanai
Sensei (first row, center) and members of Portland Aikido