Robert Bryner Sensei of Los Angeles passes

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sensei Robert Bryner. Sensei passed on October 20th at 12:50pm surrounded by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed!

The viewing will be held on 10/27 Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Fukui Mortuary, 707 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The funeral will be held on 10/28 Sunday at 6 p.m. at Zenshuji, 123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The cremation will be held on 10/29 Monday at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery & Crematory

Please visit Fukui Mortuary’s website at: www.fukuimortuary.com for more information.

Bob was a fine person and a devoted student of Nishio Sensei. He had a lovely family and participated in our Aiki Expo events a number of years ago. Please convey my condolences to his family and students. — Stanley Pranin

From Robert Bryner’s website:

Chef instructor Robert Bryner started training in Judo at the age of 15 in 1957. He received the rank of Shodan and competed in numerous AAU events. In regional championships he placed first on three occasions. In 1966 he began his study of Aikido, and has trained under a diverse group of teachers beginning with Shuji Maruyama Sensei, uchideshi of Hombu Dojo. Bryner received his shodan and nidan from Maruyama Sensei, sandan (Ki no Kenkyukai) from Fumio Toyoda Sensei, yondan and godan (ASU) from Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. He has also studied Tomiki and Yoshinkan Aikido.

For the last 20 years Bryner has been studying with Shoji Nishio Sensei. Nishio Sensei’ emphasis is on the martial arts aspect of aikido and its relationship to jo an sword. He has promoted Bryner to 6th dan in Aikido and 3rd dan in Aikido Toho Iai. Bryner is also a student of Taika Seiyu Oyata, the founder of Ryu-Te®, Okinawan self defense art and holds the rank of 7th dan. Bryner teaches at his dojo seven days a week. His martial art school is called, “The Dojo” (Aikido-Shotakekan, Ryu-Te-Ryubukan). The Dojo offers Aikido, Iaido, Ryu-Te®, Kobudo, and Eskrima. Bryner has instructed the California Highway Patrol and was requested to be a member of the LAPD Use of Force Committee. He has produced two videos, “Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido Vol. 1 and Vol. 2” The first volume was rated, “…one of the best martial arts training videos I have ever seen…” by Aikido Journal no. 109 1996 Vol. 23, No. 4.


  1. We have lost an innovative pioneer in American Aikido, primarily in California. Bob chose to travel under the radar, but was huge in presenting relatively unknown but quality martial artists for his students to learn from, as well as any others who were fortunate enough to attend his events. Survived by his lovely bride Chikako and his children, his legacy will continue because of the example he set, and the momentum he set in motion.

    RIP Bryner Sensei!

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