About Our Dojo

Tom Walsh Sensei (Dojo Cho) studied aikido for over 25 years. He began his study of Aikido in 1991. Walsh Sensei received his Godan (Fifth Degree Black Belt) in 2013 from the late Robert Kubo Shihan. He continues to train under the Chief Instructor of Aikido of Hawaii International -Thomas Kaulukukui, Shichidan (7th degree black belt).


Aikido of Volusia County, Inc. was established by Tom Walsh Sensei in September of 1998 with the encouragement of Robert Kubo Shihan. The school has a strong commitment to the local community. The students and instructors support local charities, schools and volunteer in self defense classes.

Our Instructors

All of our certified black belt instructors have years of experience teaching aikido.

Tom Yelvington - Yondan (4th degree)

Tim "T.J." Erway - Sandan (3rd  degree)

Thanja Wicker - Sandan (3rd  degree)

Bryan Liggitt - Nidan (2nd  degree)

Chris Nolin - Nidan (2nd  degree)

Doug White - Shodan (1st  degree)

Ready To Try Your First Class? We'd love to have you join us for two free classes to see if training with Aikido Of Volusia is right for you!

Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting new students at this time. For existing students, we're holding modified adult-only classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Please wear a facial covering when entering the Dojo and practice social distancing.