Sensei Linda Lee Vecchio was the highest-ranking female Aikido Instructor in the United States Aikido Federation (U.S.A.F.). She received her first-degree black belt in 1969 and held the rank of Nanadan 7th Dan. Sensei Linda Lee Vecchio was highly regarded in the martial arts world of Aikido. She has trained and promoted many black belts up to her final days before her passing in August of 2020. In addition to holding a 7th-degree black belt, Sensei Linda Lee Vecchio also holds the title of Shihan (Master Instructor). She has been certified to teach Aikido by the approval of the International Aikido Federation located in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to practicing Aikido for over 55+ years, Sensei Linda Lee Vecchio has traveled and taught seminars worldwide from France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Canada, and the United States. In 1978, the Lakeland Aikido Club was established. The Aikido Club gave students additional time to practice, enabled students to serve in different leadership roles in student government, and permitted students to travel and enjoy many Aikido workshops and seminars. Sensei Linda Lee Vecchio served as the faculty adviser and chief instructor of the club for its entire duration. Her son James Vecchio, Sr. and her credited self-defense and Aikido programs have developed through the years under her guidance. Together they have promoted and created Aikido courses for many different levels: including Wellness and Self-Defense Awareness Programs, Survivor's Self Defense Clinics, Aikido Classes for Children. They also trained Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Riot Control Classes. James Vecchio, Sr. other expertise include training Secret Service, Navy Seals, Special Forces, and Several Survivor's Self Defense Classes at many colleges.
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