Brian Hill Sensei began studying aikido in 1996 at the age of 26, and also studied tae kwon do and
karate in his youth.  He was promoted to yondan (fourth degree black belt) in March of 2010.  Brian
studied as a live-in student in both California and Japan.  He began teaching aikido in 2001, and
opened River City Aikido in the Spring of 2005.  

Brian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides psychotherapy for adults, children,
adolescents, and their families in private practice at Navigator Counseling & Psychotherapy.  He
holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's degree in
clinical social work from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Brian's unique training and background enables an uncommon ability to connect with students from
diverse backgrounds and tailor their martial arts experience to meet specific needs.  His vision is to
provide the most traditional and authentic dojo experience, to pass down aikido in its most original
form, to teach students to apply aikido to their everyday lives, and to foster an exciting, challenging,
and enjoyable environment where students find community and personal growth.

Please feel free to contact Brian at 804-387-2279 if you have questions, or email him at
Brian practicing bokken suburi at the Witt
Shihan seminar 2005, Ashland, VA.
Hitohiro Saito sensei and Brian Hill sensei pose for a photo on
the occasion of Brian's last training day as uchi deshi at Saito
sensei's Iwama Tanrenkan dojo, June 2005.
Sightseeing at the shrine atop Mount
Tsukuba, Japan.  June 2005.
morote-dori as Mark Larson sensei instructs at a
seminar in Fredericksburg, VA (c. 2001).