Why Choose Our School
Highest rankED certified US AIKIDO FEDERATION instructors
U.S. AIKIDO FEDERATION curriculum
Full range of classes
One on one tutoring
Quality facilities and equipment
Family and kids program
Aikido - Framingham Aikikai was opened in 2000 by Sensei David Halprin and Sensei Barbara Britton to serve the needs of our growing community. Over the years, the school has earned praise for its continuous dedication to spreading Aikido as taught to our instructors by the late Kanai Sensei.
David Halprin Shihan, 7th Dan
David Halprin is the Chief instructor at Framingham Aikikai. He is a 7th dan (7th degree black belt), Shihan* of the United States Aikido Federation.
He began training in 1977 at New England Aikikai under Kanai Sensei, 8th dan. He was appointed an instructor by Kanai Sensei at New England Aikikai in 1984, and studied with him until he passed away in 2004. He founded Framingham Aikikai in 2000. He is also is a fourth degree black belt in Iaido.
* The title of Shihan (Master Teacher) is a recognition awarded by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba through the United States Aikido Federation.
Barbara Britton Shihan, 6th Dan
Barbara Britton is a 6th dan, Shihan of the United States Aikido Federation. She began training with Kanai Sensei in 1978. Barbara was appointed an instructor by Kanai Sensei at New England Aikikai in 1985. She studied with Kanai Sensei until he passed away in 2004, and has been an instructor at Framingham Aikikai since its founding.