Erik A. Johnstone, Chief Instructor/Dojo-cho:
Erik Johnstone Sensei has been a practitioner of traditional and classical Japanese and Okinawan martial traditions for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK), studying the Koryu arts of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu, Ono-ha Itto-ryu Kenjutsu and Shindo Muso-ryu Jojutsu directly under Carl Long, Hanshi, 22nd Generation Soshihan of the Masaoka line of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iai-Heiho and Kaicho of the KNBK. He also had frequent opportunities to study with Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi, 21st Generation Soshihan and Founder of the KNBK. Johnstone Sensei holds the teaching license of Shihan-Dai and the title of Doshi in the KNBK. In addition to teaching at Shindokan Dojo, he oversses and provides instruction to a number of other KNBK study groups and member dojo in the northeastern United Stated. His duties within the KNBK also include serving as the Chief Editor for Kagami: The Newsletter of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai.
Johnstone Sensei also studies and teaches Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu (a derivative of Hakko-ryu Jujutsu and KoKoDo Jujutsu, establsihed and recognised in Japan) under Colonel Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi, Menkyo Kaiden and Kancho, Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei. Mr. Johnstone is one of the senior-most instructors in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu in North America and one of the very few instructors of authentic Japanese Aiki Jujutsu and Jujutsu arts in New England. He holds the teaching license of Kaiden Shihan in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu and Shihan in Goju-ryu Karate-do, which he also studies under Hobbs Sensei.
In addition to the previously mentioned arts, Johnstone Sensei has also studied Shorin-ryu Karate-do, Wado-ryu Karate-do (Wado-ryu Jujutsu Kempo), Aikido, Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu and Kosho-ryu Kempo. He travels frequently, teaching as well as training at workshops, seminars and training events around the country.
Johnstone Sensei holds the following grades:
Nanadan (7th Dan), Kaiden Shihan - Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu
Godan (5th Dan), Doshi - Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu
Yondan (4th Dan), Shihan - Goju-ryu Karate-do
Yondan (4th Dan) - Dai Nihon Batto Ho Iaido (Dai Nippon Butoku Kai)
Shodan (1st Dan) - Wado-ryu Karate-do