Budo Biography

Sensei von Krenner's Budo Biography

  • 1957  Started Judo and Daito Ryu Jiu Jitsu with H. Steffin Sensei in Germany.
  • 1958  Studied with Nagaoka and Kondo Sensei of Kodokan in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1959  Competed in several regional championships, finally competing in German National Judo Championship in Hamborn, Germany. Won opportunity to train in Paris.
  • 1959-60   Trained in Paris, France with Anton Gesink, Courtin and other Sensei.
  • 1960  Came to USA. Trained with Harold Sharp Sensei and Gene Le Bell Sensei (judo), Nishiyama Sensei (karate).
  • 1961  Started Aikido with Takahashi Isao Sensei.
  • 1961-67  Trained with Tohei Koichi, Takahashi Isao and Ueshiba Kisshomaru (1963) Sensei. Studied  Iaido and Kendo with Mori Tadao and Miahara (Sr.) Sensei. Trained and gave Sword Arts  demonstrations with Yanagi-ryu Soke D. Angier. Charter member Nanka To Ken Kai (Japanese  Sword Association). Started the first San Fernando Valley Aikido Dojo.
  • 1967-68  Studied at the old Hombu Dojo in Shinjuku, Japan with Ueshiba Morihei (O-Sensei), Ueshiba Kisshomaru (Doshu), Saito Sensei and others.
  • 1969-81  Trained in Hawaii with Tohei Koichi and Suzuki Sensei until the Ki no Kenkyo Kai separation. Joined Wailai Dojo to stay with Hombu; trained with Yoshioka Sensei and later Aoyagi Sensei.
  • 1972-73  Returned to Japan for studies.
  • 1973-75  Trained in Hawaii at the Hawaii Aiki Kai Wailai Dojo.
  • 1975  Returned briefly to Japan, last visit with Ueshiba Kisshomaru (Doshu).
  • 1975-80  Trained in Hawaii.
  • 1980  Moved to Montana and started Sandokan Aikido School.
  • 1984  Returned to Japan to revisit historic Aikido places like Tanabe, Shiratake Hokkaido, Aizu  Wakamatsu.
  • 1994  Returned once more to Japan to visit historic Aikido places.
  • 1999  Shaolin Temple, China (returned to China annually through 2006.)
  • 1999   Published Training With The Master (with John Stevens).
  • 1999-2004 Extensive travel for teaching and seminars.
  • 2000  Inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame (American Aikido Grandmaster).
  • 2001  Judge at NABA National Sword Cutting Competition.
  • 2001-2009 Teaching in Montana with additional seminars throughout USA.
  • 2009  Helped students found Aikido Kenkyu Dantai. 
  • 2010  Teaching in Montana including classes/lectures through Flathead Valley Community College. 
  • 2011  Seminar in Boston, MA.
  • 2012  Teaching Aikido classes through Flathead Valley Community College and seminars in Chelmsford, Boston and Rhode Island.
  • 2013  Published Aikido Ground Fighting (with Damon Apodaca and Ken Jeremiah).
  • 2014 Seminars in Chelmsford, Boston and Rhode Island.