Aikijutsu and Kenjutsu Since 1992 

South Central PA’s Oldest Dojo of Classical Budo...

“Fortune and fate have collided in his life, affording him both a measure of technical skill and a desire – more commonly a willingness – to share his talents with others.”

— Dave Lowry

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The Instructing Staff

Portrait of chief instructor Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe, chief instructor of the Itten Dojo, began martial arts training in 1975 and has taught since 1985. Mr. Wolfe has trained in swordsmanship since 1990 and aikijutsu since 1992. He holds the ranks of yondan in Yamate-ryu aikijutsu, a renshi menkyo in Itto Tenshin-ryu kenjutsu, kirigami mokuroku in Ono-ha Itto-ryu Sokaku-den kenjutsu, rokudan in Isshinryu karate, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese Studies from Bucknell University in 1978, and is certified by the NRA to teach the Refuse To Be A Victim® crime prevention and personal safety seminars. As an author, Mr. Wolfe has published numerous articles addressing the martial arts in a variety of periodicals, ranging from popular magazines such as Inside KarateMartial Arts Training, and Aikido Today Magazine, to internationally distributed, academic publications such as the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.

Portrait of assistant instructor Randy Manning

Randy Manning instructs the Ono-ha Itto-ryu kenjutsukai, having trained in swordsmanship since 1993. Mr. Manning holds shoden mokuroku in Ono-ha Itto-ryu Sokaku-den kenjutsu, a renshi menkyo in Itto Tenshin-ryu kenjutsu and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Portrait of assistant instructor Alan Starner

Alan Starner holds the grade of oku-sandan in Yamate-ryu aikijutsu, a kyosei menkyo in Itto Tenshin-ryu kenjutsu, shoden mokuroku in Ono-ha Itto-ryu Sokaku-den kenjutsu, and sandan in Isshinryu karate. Mr. Starner serves as assistant instructor to our aikikai.

Portrait of assistant instructorJohn Butz

John Butz is graded sandan in Yamate-ryu aikijutsu and serves as assistant instructor to our aikikai.

Visiting Staff

William Maren is the current headmaster of the Yamate-ryu, and has been a student of Japanese martial arts for more than 40 years. He began studying karate in the mid-1970’s, and later, kendo. These arts served as stepping-stones to the forms of budo Mr. Maren studies and teaches today. In addition to his menkyo in Yamate-ryu aikijutsu, Mr. Maren holds a senior-level license in Itto Tenshin-ryu kenjutsu.

Rodney Uhler instructs our Ono-ha Itto-ryu kenjutsukai. Mr. Uhler traveled to Japan in 1994 in search of the roots of classical martial arts, and spent 14 years studying under Okabayashi Shogen, founder of Hakuho-ryu Aiki-budo. Prior to his return to the United States in 2009, Mr. Uhler was awarded a shihan license in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu and a menkyo in Ono-ha Itto-ryu Sokaku-den.

Mitsuko Hashimoto Uhler also instructs our Ono-ha Itto-ryu kenjutsukai. Mrs. Uhler hails from Mino, Osaka, has studied budo extensively since 1982, and was the first student of Okabayashi Sensei to be awarded a shihan license in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu.

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