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Mariposa means Butterfly

Hello, Aikido of Mariposa is a Martial Arts School established in 2004.  We are located in Central California's beautful Sierra foothills, just minutes away from Yosemite National Park. The chief instructor, Barry Burtt, has been training in Aikido for 19 years and holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido. In addition to Aikido, Sensei Burtt offers instruction Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Ground Fighting).

Sensei Barry Burtt began his Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in 1992, when he joined the Sanbukan Dojo of his teacher Mits Yamashita (6th degree black belt).  Aikido and BJJ are arts that compliment each other quite well.  Sensei Burtt was promoted to Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1999.  In 2001 he and his family moved to the Central California Sierra Mountain community of Mariposa.  Living in Mariposa was perfect except for one thing, no Aikido or Jiu Jitsu schools to train at.  Sensei Burtt did the only logical thing; built and opened his own dojo.  It was hard work.  In August of 2004 Aikido of Mariposa was open and accepting students.  Sensei Burtt kept up his personal training the entire time leading up to the dojo opening.  He regularly traveled to Sensei Yamashita's dojo in Southern California to train and also attended Seminars.  In 2005 he was tested and promoted to Nidan (2nd degree black belt).

in 2007 Sensei Burtt was promoted to the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt), by Sensei Yamashita, his training still continues.

Sensei Burtt believes that a martial arts teacher should always remain a student themselves.  The learning does not stop until we take our last breath.  Train hard.


Mariposa County, California
is home to Yosemite National Park