About Us

About Us


Small But Mighty

Welcome to the home of Aikido in west Central Illinois. As a group, we take our cue from O-Sensei. We are small but mighty.

The Sangamon Aikikai, as we are officially known at Hombu Dojo, has existed since 1987. Our original sensei was Chris Hadlestat. When he left to pursue his residency at Mayo Clinic, Lenore Killam was selected to take over the club. She continues in that leadership role. Like our club, do not let her diminutive size or soft-spoken nature fool you. Killam Sensei is a Godan Fukushidoin. In other words, she is a fifth degree black belt whose teaching credentials have been certified by the United States Aikido Federation. She is small but mighty.

In addition to Aikido, Lenore has also studied Kali and will sometimes blend her knowledge from that art into her lessons. She is a proponent of cross-training.

At Sangamon Aikikai, students receive personal attention from Lenore and she works hard to meet the individual needs of those she trains. After all, we do not all step onto the mat with the same background or the same goals. This makes training a rich and diverse experience as we all help one another strive toward individual self-improvement. It also creates a warm and welcoming environment for the beginning student to gain confidence as they grow toward more advanced instruction.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us by calling or texting 217-725-8258 or by e-mailing springfieldmartialacademy@gmail.com. Visitors are welcome at either of our facilities during our normal training schedule.