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Rich SenseiRichard Sano (yondan, dojo-cho)

Richard was born and raised in Aichi, Japan. He has more than 40-years experience in the martial arts, beginning his Aikido training in 1994. He additionally holds the rank of 5th degree black belt in karate.


Curtis BusbyCurtis Busby (nidan)

Curtis  is one of the original student members of Salt Lake Aikikai. He has trained Aikido for more than 20 years and was awarded nidan from Yamane Shihan of Sakura Aikikai in 2011.

Jon KroupaJon Kroupa (nidan)

Jon began training in Aikido in 2000. Before coming to Salt Lake Aikikai, he trained at Kansha Aikido, Utah Valley Aikido, and Utah Aikikai. He was awarded nidan rank in Japan in 2014. Jon is frequently found at Salt Lake Comic Con serving on or mediating panels related to popular culture.

Mark HessMark Hess (nidan)

Mark started Aikido in 2004 as one of the dojo's first new students.  He became the first Salt Lake Aikikai-trained student to achieve shodan rank in 2011. He was awarded nidan rank in 2015.

Jack HattawayJack Hattaway (nidan)

Jack Hattaway joined Salt Lake Aikikai in 2012. He was awarded his nidan rank in 2017 by Glen Yoshida sensei of Renshinkan Dojo in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has dabbled in iaido, drawing the Japanese sword, and shodo, Japanese caligraphy, and continues to make glacial progress in learning the Japanese language. When not falling down, Jack can be found solving technical problems for a bevy of analysts in his office at the University of Utah, sewing, welding, or working on the addition to his house.

Chris HoyChris Hoy

Chris began his aikido training a lifetime ago in Hawaii. Today, he's a butcher, baker, candlestick maker and a specialist in sourcing training equipment online. Chris is currently basking in the joy of being a new old home owner.

Julien NaudotJulien Naudot

Julien began his training in France and has been a member of both of his home country's aikido organizations. He is here in the U.S. teaching in a French immersion school, where his wife also teaches.

Tsuyoshi IshidaTsuyoshi Ishida

Yoshi is Japanese and is here in Salt Lake City pursuing an advanced degree in New Media Studies.


On Hiatus

David Iannucci (yondan, co-founder) began his training in 1989 at Pacific Aikido Federation. He spent eight years in Japan during the 90s, where he met and learned from many different teachers. He is currently on indefinite sabbatical, living outside of Utah.