Steven Miranda, Founder & Chief Instructor

The founder and chief instructor of Aikido Yoshinkan Sacramento is Mr. Steven Miranda. Steven began his study of Yoshinkan Aikido in 1982 under the direction of Mits Yamashita Sensei, (6th DAN) of the Sanbukan Dojo in Long Beach, CA. Steven first met Yamashita Sensei at El Camino Community College in Torrance, CA. Along with his training, Steven was also the primary instructor for the Wednesday night classes at the Sanbukan. Among Steven's responsibilities was teaching the new students dojo protocol and etiquette, ukemi (falling) and the required basic techniques and kihon dosa required for their first exam. Steven also assisted with the police defense tactics course and was taught combat defense grappling by Yamashita Sensei and Sensei Johann.

Steven was tested and promoted to shodan in 1997 and nidan in 1999 by Yamashita Sensei. At the encouragement of Yamashita Sensei, Steven invited Amos Parker Sensei, 9th dan, to continue his training in July of 2000. In 2001, Steven was tested and promoted to sandan, yondan in 2004, godan in 2008 and rokudan in 2012. Examinations were administered by Parker Sensei. Like the dojo itself, all of Steven's dan ranks are registered with the Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation in Tokyo Japan. Steven was also granted his Dai Ichi (level 1) instructors certificate. This enables Steven to promote and register his students with the Yoshinkan honbu dojo to the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt).

Dojo Instructors


Tony Squier, 4th DAN

Tony began his training in Yoshinkan Aikido in 1994 at the Higirikan Yoshinkai dojo under Masatoshi Morita Sensei, 8th DAN, located in the San Francisco Bay Area where he achieved the rank of 3rd DAN in 2007. In 2009, Tony transferred back to his home town of Sacramento where he re-established ties with Miranda Sensei who he first met in Long Beach, CA at the Sanbukan dojo. Tony has played an instrumental part in developing new students at the Seikeikan; and in June 2013 was tested and passed his 4th DAN exam. Tony has also been to England where he assisted Miranda Sensei during his 2013 visit to the Goryukan Belper dojo.

Jeff Kortan, 2nd DAN

Jeff began his training in Yoshinkan Aikido in December of 2006, shortly after enrolling his son in classes. Since that time he has been an active member of the dojo. Jeff has been assisting with the teaching of classes since before he received his 3rd KYU. Jeff achieved his 1st DAN in June 2012 and 2nd DAN in August 2014. Jeff has trained in Japan receiving instruction from the Honbu dojo staff instructors; and has attended all Seikeikan clinics with Parker Shihan and Payet Shihan. Jeff has been instrumental in the development of our youth students and has participated in several demo's. Jeff is registered with the AYF honbu dojo and holds a level 5 instructor grading.

Derek Rodriguez, 2nd DAN

Derek began his training in Yoshinkan Aikido in May of 2009 and achieved his 1st DAN in June 2013 and 2nd DAN in August 2014. Derek has taken an active roll in helping to develop both our high school students and our adults. Derek has prepared several students for KYU grade advancements by both teaching and taking ukemi. Derek has attended all Seikeikan seminars since joining which include both Parker Shihan and Payet Shihan. With a background in Kenpo, Derek has also provided mini workshops on striking. Derek is registered with the AYF honbu dojo and holds a level 5 instructor grading.

Kelly Williams, 1st DAN

Kelly became a part of the Seikeikan family in October of 2011 when she signed up her son for classes. In February of 2012, she helped launch our family class which started her own personal journey in Yoshinkan Aikido. With a degree in dance from BYU, a dance instructor and a lover of Yoga, she quickly grasped the concepts of Aikido and has been able to instill the same in others. Kelly has taken an active roll in teaching the new youth students and preparing them for their first examinations. In the adult class, she assists in working with the high school students as well as the adults. In addition to her own dedicated training, Kelly has participated in all Seikeikan seminars with Parker Shihan and Payet Shihan and was part of a dojo delegation that traveled to Japan in 2015 where she participated in a joint demonstration at the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. She has also assisted in several public demonstrations and women's self-defense classes. Kelly was tested and promoted to SHODAN, 1st degree blackbelt, in October 2016 and was also registered as a level 6 instructor with the Aikido Yoshinkai world headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Melodi McAdams, 1st KYU

Melodi began her training in Yoshinkan Aikido in February of 2013 and has quickly advanced through the ranks, achieving 4th kyu in May 2014. As part of her own development, Melodi started taking an active roll working with the youth and teens in 2014 and has earned the respect of all the students, parents and instructors. This has also helped in her own development. Melodi has attend all Seikeikan seminars and has assisted with public demo's and women's self-defense classes. In addition, she was part of the 2015 delegation that travelled to Japan in 2015 where she participated in a joint demonstration and the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. Melodi currently holds the rank of 1st kyu.

Paul Wright, 3rd DAN

Paul began his training in Yoshinkan Aikido in January of 2004. Paul achieved his 1st DAN in December of 2006, 2nd DAN in 2008 and 3rd DAN in August 2014. While life has kept Paul from the dojo as of late, he has been instrumental in the early development of the dojo and our future black belts. Paul continues to assist with instruction when called upon. Paul has trained in Japan and Canada and has attended all Parker Shihan clinics, as well as Payet Shihan's workshop. Paul is registered with the AYF honbu dojo and registered as a level 5 instructor.

Amos Lee. Parker, Technical Advisor (1936~2013)

The chief technical advisor and mentor to the Seikeikan dojo is Amos Lee Parker, 9th DAN Shihan. Parker Sensei graciously accepted his first invitation to Orangevale in July of 2000 at which time he accepted Miranda Sensei as his student. Since this time, Parker Sensei has made yearly visits to the Seikeikan dojo to teach and refine the techniques being taught and practiced. In addition to his yearly visit(s), members of the Seikeikan dojo have also traveled to Canada, San Diego, Houston and Indianapolis to continue their training under the watchful eye of Parker Sensei. In August of 2013, Parker Shihan passed away at the age of 77 at his home in Houston, Texas.

Junior Instructor's

As part of our leadership training, we encourage all youth students to lead warm-ups and assist their fellow students. We currently have three designated junior instructors who have been instrumental in helping the juniors and peers. They are Mia, Bennett and KellyM. All are currently adult 2nd KYU and are actively working on their 1st kyu and Shodan exams.