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My main hobby is the martial art of aikido, which I teach in a class through the Borough of Franklin Park. This is a community service activity. The information below is provided as a service to the borough.



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Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) that uses graceful movements derived from Japanese swordsmanship and earlier, combative Japanese martial arts. Aikido emphasizes dynamic, circular movements as well as redirection of the attacker's energy, to carry out throws and locks. Aikido can be practiced by students of any age and any physical ability, since it emphasizes proper form over an opponent's strength.



The sensei (instructor) for this class is Dr. Yoram Vodovotz, a Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a fifth-degree black belt (godan) in aikido. Sensei Vodovotz has been practicing aikido since 1984.

He is affiliated with Capital Aikikai in Silver Spring, MD.



The class is open to students of all levels, with or without previous martial arts experience.Children younger than 10 should be accompanied by an adult. Students should wear a martial arts uniform if they have one, or sweatpants and sweatshirt. The class is taught Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 at the Blueberry Hill Park Activities Center in Franklin Park, PA. Franklin Park is in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA.



Please register through the Borough of Franklin Park website. If you have any questions, please contact the Borough of Franklin Park Department of Recreation (412-364-4115). To contact Dr. Vodovotz directly, please e-mail



We often get together for seminars hosted by our friends at Allegheny Aikikai in Altoona and Allegheny College Aikido Club in Meadville. Please check them out!


June 23, 2018: We just celebrated our 15th anniversary with Takeguchi Sensei at Allegheny Aikikai!