INSTRUCTORS

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“After 30 years of practice, I still have a great time every night and learn new things!“

Instructors

Dennis Embert

7 dan
Chief Instructor

Dennis Embert Sensei is a 7th degree black belt in Kokikai Aikido. He has been practicing Kokikai for over 30 years. During those 30 years Embert Sensei has been a direct student of Shuji Maruyama Sensei, Master of Aikido and the President and Founder of Aikido Kokikai International. Embert Sensei regularly practices with Maruyama Sensei at Seminars and Camps within the United States and Internationally.

Embert Sensei has taught Kokikai Aikido in schools across the United States including in California, Washington, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. In addition, Embert Sensei has given Kokikai Aikido seminars in Russia.

In addition to Aikido, Embert Sensei has a Masters Degree from Princeton University and has worked as a Researcher, Environmental Consultant, and Chemistry/Physics Teacher.

Amy Embert Sensei

4 dan
Senior Instructor

Amy J. Embert Sensei is a 4th degree black belt in Kokikai Aikido. She has been practicing Kokikai for over 17 years and is also a direct student of Shuji Maruyama Sensei, Master of Aikido and the President and Founder of Aikido Kokikai International.

Amy Embert Sensei is a Chief Instructor of Kokikai Silicon Valley, and one of the leading women instructors in Kokikai Aikido. Amy Embert Sensei Co-Founded Aikido Kokikai of Southern New Jersey and Aikido Kokikai of Silicon Valley. She has led Aikido Seminars in Seattle Washington.

In addition to Aikido, Amy Embert Sensei has a Physics Degree and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University. She works as a Intellectual Property Attorney.

Robert Sposili Sensei

3 dan
Instructor

Robert Sposili holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in Kokikai Aikido. He has been practicing Aikido for over 25 years, and Kokikai Aikido for over 20. He began his training in Kokikai Aikido at Columbia University under Gary Snyder Sensei and has had numerous opportunities to train in Nagoya Japan with Shuji Maruyama Sensei, including being promoted to 2nd degree black belt in Nagoya.

Robert holds a doctoral degree in materials science from Columbia University and works as an engineer.

He teaches the Thursday classes at Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley.

Eduardo Chavez Sensei

2 dan
Instructor

Eduardo Chavez is a 2nd degree black belt in Kokikai Aikido. He has practiced Aikido for several years in the San Francisco Bay Area and had the chance to practice with Maruyama Sensei for a year and a half in Nagoya Japan. Says Eduardo, "It was a very humbling experience and I hope to bring a lot of it to Kokikai Silicon Valley."

One of my favorite comments that Maruyama Sensei would always tell us is to "throw away one's impurities." To me it's an important message I take with me in and out of the Dojo.

See you on the mat!

Jonathan Piersa Sensei

2 dan
Instructor

Jonathan Piersa currently holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Aikido Kokikai. He has been practicing Aikido for six years.

His training started at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) under Shawn Birmingham and Steven Perino. His training continued under Paul Gardner at Aikido Kokikai of Rochester. Upon graduating from RIT, he moved to California and trained under Robert Choy at Golden Gate Aikido Kokikai.

Jonathan holds a degree in computer science from RIT and works as a software engineer.

He teaches the Monday classes at Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley.

Alfred Lee Sensei

1 dan
Instructor

Alfred Lee currently holds the rank of 1st degree black belt in Kokikai Aikido, and is an instructor at Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley, where he teaches the Friday classes.