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Jeff Hadley Sensei began his Martial Arts study in Judo at the Ohio Judo and Karate school while attending high school. He continued his martial arts training in Shito-ryu and Isshin-ryu Karate-do as well as Taekwon-do during and after college. Hadley Sensei is ranked Shodan in Shito-ryu and Isshin-ryu Karate-do.
Andrzej Siwkiewicz, 4th Degree Black Belt
Andrzej Siwkiewicz Sensei began his martial arts training in 1982 in Poland studying Tai Chi Chuan and Kung Fu Hung Gar style. He joined Warsaw University Aikido Club in 1983. In 1989 he moved to West Berlin where he trained in the Aikido-Zen Institute of Gerhard Walter Shihan.
Roberta Taliaferro, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Roberta Taliaferro Sensei began her martial arts study in 1972 in Karate while attending college. She trained in Karate for 7 years before beginning Aikido in 1986 with Cleveland Aikikai.
Tomek Wardega, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Tomek Wardega Sensei began practicing Aikido at the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland in 1989. In 1990 he traveled to Sheffield, England and practiced Jujitsu. In 1991 he returned to Poland and, unable to find an Aikido dojo, he practiced Karate.
Kevin Greenwood, 1st Degree Black Belt Aiki-Kids Instructor
Kevin Greenwood Sensei has been practicing Aikido at Cleveland and Oberlin Aikikai since 2015, after moving to Oberlin from Portland, Oregon. He started martial arts practice in Chito-ryu karate and received a Shodan in 1989 under Lawrence C. Hawkins, Jr. (8th dan). He studied Wing Chun kung fu with Lo Man Kam in Taiwan from 1989-97. He began to study Aikido in 2003 and received his Shodan in 2014…
Chris Crull, 1st Degree Black Belt Aiki-Kids Instructor
Chris Crull started his Aikido training in 2001 at Valley Aikido in Northhampton, Massachusetts under the direction of Larry Levitt Shihan and Julia Freedgood Sensei. Chris also trained at Indianapolis Aikikai under Joe Lavelle Sensei and Dave Johnson Sensei…
Orsolya Kiss Sensei began studying Iaido in August of 2007 under Matthew Swisher Sensei (4th dan ZNKR and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu) in Cleveland, OH. She earned her shodan (first degree black belt) in the spring of 2010 under the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF). She continued her training under Swisher Sensei earning her 2nd dan in summer of 2011 under All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and her 3rd dan in the spring of 2013 under the CKF.