Chief Instructor & Founder
Our Chief Instructor, Salvatore Forestieri had an interest in the Martial Arts since the early 70’s. Salvatore was introduced to Aikido in Chicago in 1972 when he met a Japanese Aikido Shihan for the first time. In the early 90’s Salvatore started practicing Aikido, along with continuing a similar martial art. Salvatore’s first Aikikai Aikido Instructor was Fumio Toyoda Shihan. Salvatore also trained under Steven Seagal Shihan for over 8 years and parted ways. Salvatore has also trained with many High level Sensei’s and Shihan in the United States, and Japan. He has also trained at Hombu Dojo Aikikai, Tokyo Japan numerous times in the current Doshu’s class and many other well known Aikikai Japanese Masters.
Salvatore has also had the privilege to train Police, Millitary, Military Self Defence Instructors, and Secret Service Agents etc. He has also assisted with Personal Protection for Steven Seagal Shihan in Bucharest Romania, during the filming of “After The Dark”. Salvatore currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt, Yondan from the Aikikai Tokyo Japan. Salvatore continues to follow the Aikido teachings of Steven Seagal Shihan in his classes today!
Jorge Lopez is an Assistant Instructor and has been training in Aikido at Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo for 8 years. Jorge trained in Aikido a couple of years prior to joining Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo. Jorge holds the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) Aikikai.
Stanley A. Archacki III
Stanley Archacki is an Assistant Instructor and has been training in Aikido at Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo for about 10 Years. Stanley also trains in Arnis. Stanley holds Aikido rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
Andrew Wichman Shodan (1 Degree Black Belt)
Chief Instructor Salvatore has trained with Kenjitsu Master Mitsuhiro Saruta Soke, and several of his senior students in Japan. Salvatore also trained with Japanese Action Star Lee Murayama from the movie “The Last Samurai”. Salvatore holds the rank of Godan 5th Degree Black Belt,from the International Batto -Do Shizan Association, Osaka Japan, directly from Mitsuhiro Saruta Soke. Salvatore has competed in Osaka, International Division senior ranking, and trained in Japan numerous times. He was honored and received high recognition in Japanese scroll menkyu type form from Mitsuhiro Saruta Soke. Salvatore only follows the Sword teachings of Soke Mutsuhiro Saruta Sword Master.
Shodan 1 Degree Black Belt in Ryu Sei Kenjutsu achieved in Osaka Japan direct from Saruta Soke. Andrew has been training for years and enjoys teaching and assisting others in class.
Liam Mellen Shodan 1 Degree Black Belt Ryu Sei Kenjutsu
Aikido Black Belts are ranked through the Aikikai Foundation for Aikido, and Kenjutsu Black Belts are ranked through the International Batto-do Association Osaka Japan. This ensures quality of one’s training outside their instructors perspective and is recognized internationally.
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