T. Truman Capone Sensei began his initial training in the martial arts in 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at sixteen years of age he was first introduced to the art of Okinawa Kempo Karate when this lead to his Nidan in Moo Do Kwan Karate in 1980. He studied these arts in conjunction with an athletic career as a state champion wrestler in high school and then obtained an athletic wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1968. Capone Sensei continued his eclectic study of karate-do and continued training until 1986 after twenty years of study in the external style of Martial Arts. In 1986 he began his initial training in the internal arts of (Tai -Chi, Qi-Gong, Fu-Gong, Yoga and Hsing-I). It was in 1987 that Capone Sensei first discovered the Internal Martial Art of Aikido and began his lifelong pursuit in the technical, spiritual and esoteric realms of Aikido.
Capone Sensei currently holds the rank of Yondan in Kodokan Aikido and
is the acting Dojo Cho of the Kodokan Aikido at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg,
Virginia. T.Truman Capone
Sensei has studied under Sensei’s John and Betsy Grinnell, C.B Claiborne and with
the headship of Tadamitsu Tanaka Shihan. The Kodokan Aikido at Virginia Tech is
affiliated with the Kodokan Aikido dojo of Greensboro North Carolina under
Sensei Jay Speetjens, Dojo Cho Susan Dalton and with the Kodokan Aikido dojo
in Okazaki, Japan under Shihan Tadamitsu Tanaka, all in affiliation with the Aikikai Federation based in Tokyo.
discovery of Aikido has greatly enriched my life and my outlook on the martial
arts. I would like to thank all my mentors and teachers that have opened up
their art, heart and philosophy to me so I might further teach aikido to those
who also want to learn this art.”