David Pitard leads the Jodo group at Baltimore Aikido. He is a direct student of Philip Relnick Sensei with whom he began training in 1994 while living in Tokyo.
Like many Jodo practitioners, David started his martial arts training with karate, and then aikido. While living in Japan in the mid 90's and studying aikido, David received an introduction to Phil Relnick Sensei, one of the earliest non-Japanese students of Jo. He started his training not long after, and has contiued to train under Relnick-sensei ever since.
David lived in Japan for seven years, and has a deep appreciation for the lanugage and the culture, and their link to the study of Japanese martial arts.