Chief Instructor Mark Jones
Mark Jones began his Aikido training in 1970 at Napa Valley College
under the direction of Dr. William Morris. Since that time, he has
studied with many teachers in the Bay Area and in Japan with Saito
Sensei and Sugawara Sensei. Mark founded Aikido of Napa in 1983.
Aikido of Napa is affiliated with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo,
Japan. Mark holds the rank of rokudan, 6th degree black belt, in
Aikido and has studied various other martial arts, including Katori
Shinto Ryu, Karate, Judo and Tai Chi. Mark has spent the last 11
years in the computer business and currently is a freelance web
Instructor Daniel Baron
Daniel Baron began studying Aikido in 1984 at Aikido
of Napa, and holds the rank of san-dan (3rd degree black belt). He
has trained in dojos all over the United States, as well as Japan
and France. Daniel is the winemaker at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville.
He has three children and has coached children in both soccer and
T-ball for over 9 years. He has taught the children's class since
Instructor Bill McNamara
Bill McNamara started
Aikido in 1985 at Aikido of Napa. Bill received his shodan in 1990
in Japan from Sugawara Sensei. Bill now holds the rank of san-dan.
He also studies Katori Shinto Ryu along with his profession as a
Horticulturist and director for a private botanical garden in Glen
Ellen, CA. Bill teaches various classes at the dojo and is also responsible
for the design of the dojo garden.
Brad Shurmantine, with daughter Kara at right, began
practicing Aikido in 1978 with David O'Neill at Aikidokai International
in San Francisco. He has studied with many prominent Bay Area teachers,
including Frank Doran at the old Turk Street dojo in San Francisco
and Jack Wada at Aikido of San Jose, and holds the rank of san-dan.
He currently teaches the Napa Valley College Aikido class and helps
out here with the kids' class, in which his two daughters are enrolled.
Brad is an English teacher at Vintage High school here in Napa.