Forestieri Sensei at a private seminar with Seagal Shihan.Salvatore Forestieri

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  90’s Salvatore started practicing Aikido, along with continuing a similar martial art.  Salvatore’s first Aikikai Aikido Instructor was Fumio Toyoda Shihan.  Salvatore has also trained with many High level Sensei’s and  Shihan in the United States, and disciplined under others, such as Steven Seagal Shihan.  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 in Eastern Europe. Salvatore currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt, Yondan from the  Aikikai Tokyo Japan.


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 4th Degree Black Belt, Yondan 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.

 Assistant Instructors


Jorge Lopez

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 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.

Andrew Wichman achieved Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt in Ryu Sei Ken in Osaka Japan directly from Saruta Soke.

Aikido Black Belt Instructors at Tenshin Shinjutsu Dojo of Chicago/ Illinois Ryu Sei Ken  are ranked through the Aikikai Foundation, and Kenjutsu Black Belt Instructors are all 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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