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 Akira Tohei. From that point on, Salvatore was drawn to Aikido. In the very early 90’s Salvatore started practicing Aikido, along with continuing a similar martial art of Hapkido. Salvatore’s first Aikikai Aikido Instructor was Fumio Toyoda Shihan. After Toyoda Shihan passed, Salvatore continued his Aikido training and studies, and was accepted as a direct student of Steven Seagal Shihan. Salvatore was an understudy of Seagal Shihan for over 8 years, and also assisted Steven Seagal Shihan’s security team in Eastern Europe. Salvatore continues to follow the teachings of Seagal Sensei, practices and teaches with legitimacy he has gained from earning his opportunity to be accepted as a direct student of Steven Seagal Shihan. Very few if any have gone directly to Seagal Shihin without going through someone else, at one time or another. Salvatore also currently trains with others that were also under Seagal Shihan directly as well. To learn this form of Aikido, in it’s true form, it is paramount to learn it directly from someone who has learned from Seagal Shihan. Outside of that, as Seagal Sensei has said many many times. Look for the right teacher, and always trust you doubts.
Salvatore has also trained with many High level Senseis’ and Shihans’ 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 trained at several dojo throughout Japan as well. Salvatore believes his knowledge of Aikido would not be the same if had never traveled and trained in the birth place of Aikido.
Salvatore has also had the privilege to train Police, Millitary, Military Self Defence Instructors, and Secret Service Agents etc. As mentioned prior, Salvatore 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 conferred by the current Doshu “Moriteru Ueshiba” from the Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo Japan.
Please review our Aikido pics page for more information on Salvatore Forestieri Sensei. http://www.shinjitsudojo.org/dojo-gallery/aikido-photos/
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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