Sensei Nic Mills is a 6th degree black belt (6th dan) and dojocho (chief instructor) at the Sendokan dojo. Nic has been active in martial arts for over 30 years. He competed in wrestling in high school, and began training in aikido in 1989 with Roger Plomish sensei (4th dan), under whom he earned his 1st degree black belt in 1993. In 1994 Nic moved to Japan and enrolled in the 4th International Senshusei course, an intensive and demanding full-time aikido program taught by some of the top ranked aikido teachers in the world. The course is a requirement for Japanese riot police and for instructors at the Hombu Dojo, the head school for Yoshinkan Aikido in Tokyo. Nic completed the course and in recognition of his commitment, ability, and the respect he earned from instructors at the Hombu, Nic was awarded the position of Seiwanin (liaison) in 1995 and Itaku Shidoin (part-time instructor) from 1996-1997. While in Japan Nic trained with several top instructors, including Inoue Kyoichi Shihan (10th dan), Chida Tsutomu Shihan (8th dan), and Robert Mustard Shihan (7th dan). Nic’s black belt ranks were awarded by Inoue, Chida, and Mustard Shihan, and he holds instructor certificates from the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation (IYAF).
Together with John Havey (5th dan), Nic founded the Sendokan dojo in 1998. Nic is involved in all aspects of training at the Sendokan dojo, including youth, family, and adult classes, weapons, defensive applications, and self defence. In addition, Nic also teaches the Kenshusei or advanced classes, including the three-level specialized Senshusei Kenshu which is an intensive program that is unique to the Sendokan dojo. This program is designed for those interested in becoming instructors or in becoming more involved in developing their expertise and commitment to training and teaching.
Nic is an avid outdoorsman and a teacher with the Toronto District School Board where he is involved in classroom teaching as well as outdoor education, leadership, and counseling. He is also the co-founder of the REaCH program (RElationships and Character Development), an experiential learning program for youth that unites Nic’s educational training with his interest and expertise in outdoor activity.
Sensei John Havey is a 5th degree black belt and senior instructor and founder of the Sendokan dojo. John began his aikido training in 1990 under Roger Plomish sensei (4th dan), earning his 1st degree black belt along with Nic Mills in 1993. John was awarded his 4th degree black belt by Chida Tsutomu Shihan (8th dan) and he was awarded his 5th degree black belt by Robert Mustard Shihan (7th dan). His early years of training involved rigorous daily classes in Etobicoke, Toronto, and Hamilton with an equal focus on tachi waza (hand-to-hand techniques) and buki waza (weapons techniques). John holds instructor certificates from the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation (IYAF).
In the dojo John is involved with teaching adult classes and the advanced Kenshu classes. John is a recognized technical and weapons expert in the dojo. His technical skills embrace Chida Shihan’s approach to aikido, and he is active in teaching traditional aikido weapons such as the katana (sword), jo staff, and tanto (knife).
John has an extensive background in software development and is currently a senior program manager for a large German company working with telecoms. In addition to aikido, John enjoys playing jazz piano and is a golf enthusiast.
Sensei Nathan Innocente is a 5th degree black belt and senior instructor at the Sendokan dojo. Nathan has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He began training in aikido in 1994 with Jim Jeannette sensei (7th dan), under whom he earned his 1st and 3rd degree black belts and completed a 12-month kenshu (advanced training) program. He was awarded his 2nd degree black belt by Chida Shihan (8th dan), his 4th degree black belt by Chida Shihan (8th dan) and Mustard Shihan (7th dan), and his 5th degree black belt by Mustard Shihan (7th dan) and Thambu Shihan (7th dan). Nathan was an assistant instructor at the Aiki Centre of Canada by age 19 and an assistant and chief instructor at the University of Windsor Aikido club. He founded the University of Toronto Mississauga Aikido club in 2008. Nathan holds instructor certificates from the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation (IYAF). Having a broad interest in martial arts, Nathan has cross-trained in several styles including karate, kung fu, boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and submission wrestling.
In the dojo Nathan is responsible for teaching adult classes and he has assisted with the advanced Kenshu classes. He also teaches practical applications at the Sendokan, uniting his aikido training with his varied background in martial arts.
Nathan is a professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga where he specializes in fraud, identity crime, law, and pedagogy. Aside from martial arts and intellectual pursuits he has interests in culinary arts. Nathan is a former member of the Canadian Forces Navy.
Sensei Krisztina Price is a 3rd degree black belt and instructor at the Sendokan. She is also a senior instructor of the women’s program and women’s self-defence. Krisztina began training in aikido in 1999 under Nic Mills (6th dan) and John Havey (5th dan). She was awarded her 1st and 3rd degree black belt by Robert Mustard Shihan (7th dan) and her 2nd degree black belt from Chida Shihan (8th dan). Krisztina has completed both the Kenshu program and all levels of the Senshusei Kenshu program at the Sendokan dojo.
In the dojo Krisztina is responsible for teaching youth, family, and adult classes, in addition to teaching women’s self-defence. She also assists with teaching the Kenshu (advanced) classes.
Krisztina is active in outdoor activities, swimming, and hockey. She is currently a registered practical nurse (RPN).
Sensei Maurizio Souza is a 3rd degree black belt and instructor at the Sendokan. Mauricio Sensei is the Chief Instructor for all Children, Youth and Family programs at the Sendokan. He is also runs his own Dojo (Sendokan dojo – Etobicoke Branch – in the Eglinton and St. Clair area of Toronto) Maurizio began training in 2005 under Nic Mills (6th dan), John Havey (5th dan), and Nathan Innocente (5th dan). He was awarded his black belt ranks by Nic Mills sensei and Robert Mustard Shihan (8th dan). Maurizio has completed all levels of the Senshusei Kenshu at the Sendokan dojo.
In the dojo Maurizio is the Chief Instructor and teaches youth, family, and adult classes. He regularly assists the senior and chief instructors with teaching adult classes.
Mauricio works full time in renovations.
Sensei Peter Morawski is a 3rd degree black belt and instructor at the Sendokan dojo. He is also a senior instructor of the youth and family classes. Peter began training in in 2003 under Nic Mills (6th dan) and John Havey (5th dan). He was awarded his black belt ranks by Robert Mustard Shihan (7th dan). Peter has completed all levels of Senshusei Kenshu at the Sendokan dojo.
Peter is responsible for organizing and teaching the youth program, in addition to teaching adult classes.
Peter is the co-owner of a custom woodworking company and the dojo’s de facto handyman. Outside of the dojo Peter is an avid camper and canoeist with interests in edged weapons and calligraphy.
Sensei Marcel Booth is a 2nd degree black belt and instructor at the Sendokan. He began training in aikido in 1995 at York University and in 1996 began training with Takeshi Kimeda sensei (9th dan), under whom he received his black belt ranks. In 2002 Marcel became a frequent guest at the Sendokan, attending seminars held here by top Yoshinkan teachers such as Chida Tsutomu Shihan (8th dan) and Robert Mustard Shihan (7th dan). He apprenticed under Mustard Shihan and joined the Sendokan dojo full time in 2013.
In the dojo Marcel assists with teaching adult classes. His training is informed by an intense focus on the riai (the underlying principles) of each technique. Marcel also leads an occasional weekend yoga and core training class prior to an adult open training session.
Marcel studied cell biology at York University. He is currently a business development manager for a pet treat company.
Sensei Duncan Ashworth is a 2nd degree black belt and instructor at the Sendokan dojo. Duncan began his martial arts training in judo in 1984 and earned his 1st degree black belt in 1996. His aikido training started in 2007. He earned his 1st degree black belt in aikido under Justin Martin sensei (3rd dan), and his 2nd degree black belt under Nic Mills sensei (6th dan). Duncan has expanded his martial arts training over the years to include karate, jujitsu, iaijutsu, and iaido. In addition, Duncan has also achieved his instructors certificate in Control and Defensive Tactics and Expandable Batton under Kevin Blok sensei (7th dan).
In the dojo Duncan teaches adult classes and contributes to the practical application and self-defence program, particularly through his knowledge of control tactics.
Duncan is a Registered Massage Therapist and owns his own business in Whitby, Ontario.
Sensei Caio Souza is a 1st degree black belt and instructor at the Sendokan dojo. He began training in 2005 under Nic Mills sensei (6th dan), John Havey sensei (5th dan), and Nathan Innocente sensei (4th dan). He was awarded his 1st degree black by Nic Mills (6th dan) and Robert Mustard Shihan (7th dan).
In the dojo Caio assists with teaching the youth, family, and adult classes.
Caio is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He is also active in outdoor activity, free-running, and competitive archery.
One of the goals of the Sendokan Dojo is to try and duplicate the instruction style, etiquette, spirit and technical expertise demonstrated at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.CertificationsThe Sendokan Dojo received it’s certification from the Headquarters Dojo in 1998. The dojo has grown in size and strength ever since. We have a committed core group of students who are training hard and are becoming strong. Students at the dojo have come together to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all new students. The senior student’s training ethic and desire to exemplify all the positive attributes of true budo is a testament to their efforts and commitments and their Sensei(s)’ teaching and training. All are welcome to come and watch and or participate in Sendokan dojo activities both on and off the mat.