Chief Instructor & Founder
Forestieri Sensei had an interest in the Martial Arts since the early 70’s when he first met Akira Tohei Shihan in 1972. He started doing martial arts in his late teens at community programs and then later in the 80’s he entered professional dojos. In the early 90’s he started doing Aikido. His first Aikido Instructor was Fumio Toyoda Shihan. Since then Forestieri has trained with many High level Shihan in the United States and Japan. He has also trained at Hombu Dojo Aikikai numerous time in the current Doshu’s class and many other well known Japanese Masters.
Forestieri Sensei 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. Forestieri Sensei holds the rank of Sandan Aikikai. He holds rank in multiple open hand arts as well.
Forestieri Sensei has trained with Kenjutsu Head Master Saruta Soke, and his senior students in Japan, and additionally trained with Japanese Action Star Lee Murayama from the movie “The Last Samurai”. Forestieri Sensei holds the rank of Yondan from the International Batto -Do association, Osaka Japan, directly form the Head Master-Soke. He has competed in Japan and received high honor recognition scroll from Mitsuhiro Saruta Soke.
Peter John Fuller
Peter Fuller is an Assistant Instructor and has been training in Aikido at Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo for 7 years. Peter holds the rank of Shodan (1st Dan )through the Aikikai.
Jorge Lopez is an Assistant Instructor and has been training in Aikido at Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo for 7 years. Jorge trained in Aikido a couple of years prior to joining Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo. Jorge holds the rank of Shodan (1st Dan )through the Aikikai.
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.
Shannon Kranig Ikkyu in Ryu Sei Kenjutsu. Shannon has been training for years and enjoys teaching and assisting others in class as well..
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 from Sword Master Soke Saruta. to ensure quality, and a certain level of standards a black belt must achieve, outside from their instructors recognition.
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