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Shunpookan Aikido - United States

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SPK North Carolina

Welcome to Shunpookan Aikido North Carolina! Established in 2005, SPK NC is the only traditional Aikido school in Gaston County. Conveniently located in Gastonia, North Carolina at the intersection of 321 North and West Franklin Boulevard. Stop by and pay us a visit!

Class Times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Saturdays by appointment


St Mark's Church, Gastonia

258 West Franklin Blvd

(Corner of Highway 321 and Franklin road)

Parking available in City Lot, first right past the intersection of 321 and West Franklin.

Contact Information:

email: [email protected]

phone: 704 478 6030

Facebook: @spknc

Sensei Dan Gilbert, Fukushidoin teaches at Shunpookan North Carolina, Gastonia NC. He enjoys tailoring Aikido to the needs of the students. Dan has run seminars for students at Gaston Day School and St. Michael's Catholic School in Gastonia.

Dan has been studying martial arts for over 30 years, he has experience in Traditional Jujitsu, Vita Saana, Traditional Thai Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, and worked with his brother who teaches Ishinryu Karate. Dan also taught rape prevention and self defense in the US military from 1985 through 1989.

Dan is very active in the community and the church. He and his wife Brenda are very engaged in a variety of local causes.

Dan started his Aikido training in Bridgnorth, UK under Sensei Paul Evans. The Bridnorth dojo is part of the Shun Poo Kan system under Shihan Brian Burrows.

Dan is assisted in teaching by his senior students:

Alex Austin - 1st Dan

Gene Spera - 1st Kyu

Steve Austin - 1st Kyu

Iriminage variation

Visit to Shunpookan UK main dojo, course attendees

Evening out with some of the guys.