Shuharikan Black Belts

Gordon Shumaker – 6th Dan

Gordie Shumaker Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in January 1989 at the Kobukan Dojo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of shodan and his first teaching license in October 1994, and shortly thereafter began teaching Aikido as an assistant instructor.

In January 1997, he co-founded the Shuharikan Aikido Dojo and helped obtain international certification through the Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation (AYF). In 2014, he was instrumental in obtaining the dojo’s current international certification through the Shioda International Aikido Federation (SIAF) in Tokyo, Japan.

Shumaker Sensei serves as a co-chief instructor and holds an international instructor license with authority to grade through 4th dan.  He is also the coordinator of the Shuharikan’s self-protection program known as Aiki-Protect.

In addition to his 25 years in Yoshinkan Aikido, Shumaker Sensei has trained in the Chinese seizing art of Chin Na and in Tai Chi Chuan.

Glen Giacoletto – 6th Dan

Glen Giacoletto Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in March 1989 at the Kobukan Dojo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of shodan and his first teaching license in April 1995, and shortly thereafter he began teaching Aikido as an assistant instructor.

In January 1997, he co-founded the Shuharikan Aikido Dojo and helped obtain international certification through the Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation (AYF). Giacoletto Sensei serves as a co-chief instructor and holds an international instructor license with authority to grade through 4th dan.

In addition to his 25 years in Yoshinkan Aikido, Giacoletto Sensei holds black belt rankings in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do (Korean) and Shudokan Karate (Okinawan). Furthermore, he has trained in Shotokan, Kyokushin, Goju-ryu, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and the Chinese seizing art of Chin Na.

 

 

 

Jon Sharratt – 6th Dan

Jon Sharratt Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in February 1990 at the Kobukan Dojo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of shodan and his first teaching license in October 1994, and shortly thereafter he began teaching Aikido as an assistant instructor.

In January 1997, he co-founded the Shuharikan Aikido Dojo and helped obtain international certification through the Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation (AYF).

Sharratt Sensei serves as a co-chief instructor and holds an international instructor license with authority to grade through 4th dan. He also serves as the dojo lead for the kids’ class curriculum. In addition to his 24 years in Yoshinkan Aikido, Sharratt Sensei holds rankings in Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Iaido and Tae Kwon Do. He has also trained in the Chinese seizing art of Chin Na and Bagua.

 

Jim Nolan – 4th Dan

Jim Nolan Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in 1989 at the Kobukan Dojo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also trained at the Renseikan Dojo until he joined the Shuharikan Dojo in 1996 and has served as an owner, board member and sensei. In May 2011 he was awarded the rank of 4th dan and holds an instructors license for grading up to 2nd dan. Jim is an M.D. and is especially interested in the anatomy, neurophysiology and psychology of Aikido.

Maggie Murphy – 4th Dan

Maggie Murphy Sensei began practicing Aikido in January 1986, a few months after someone broke into her house. She soon learned that Aikido was the study of harmony. The study itself brought as much peace of mind as knowledge of the art would bring in conflict. For the next seven years she worked with the Kobukan Dojo. She was a founding member of the Kobukan, part time construction worker, editor of the newsletter, and diligent student.

After a four-year hiatus, Murphy Sensei came back to Aikido and began studying with the Shuharikan in 1997 where she attained her shodan rank in 1998. She began teaching immediately thereafter. In 2004, she started a shugyō program combining meditation and jiyu waza.

She and two other dan-ranked women put on a women’s self defense program in 2013.

Murphy Sensei serves as a senior instructor and holds an international instructor license with authority to grade through 2nd dan.

Paul Schulstad – 4th Dan

Paul Schulstad Sensei began Yoshinkan Aikido training in January 1998 at the Shuharikan Dojo in St. Paul, Minnesota. He obtained his shodan rank and his first teaching certification in June 2002, and has been teaching Aikido since that time. In June 2016, Paul was awarded the rank of Yondan.

Schulstad Sensei’s current SIAF instructor certification authorizes him to conduct grading up to 2nd dan.

Schulstad Sensei also holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Gil Warnacutt – 4th Dan

Gil Warnacutt Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in February 1995, at the Renseikan Dojo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of shodan in November 2002.

In May 2006, he joined the Shuharikan Aikido Dojo where he continues his training in Yoshinkan Aikido.

Warnacutt Sensei serves as an instructor and holds an international instructor certification through the SIAF with authority to grade through 2nd dan.

In addition to his 19 years in Yoshinkan Aikido, Warnacutt Sensei has also trained in the Chinese art of Chen Taijiquan.

The Phong Shumaker – 4th Dan

The Phong Shumaker Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido on September 2002 at the Shuharikan Dojo in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of shodan in April 2006 and his first teaching license on August, 2008.  He was awarded the rank of yondan in December 2016 and holds an international instructor license through SIAF with authority to grade through 2nd dan.

 

 

Jeff Hanson – 3rd Dan

Jeff Hansen Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in January of 2001 at the Shuharikan Dojo in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began teaching as a 1st kyu brown belt as an assistant instructor in April 2005. Hansen Sensei was awarded the rank of Sandan in April 2012 and holds an international instructor license through the SIAF with authority to grade through 1st dan

Since 2009, Hansen Sensei has represented the Shuharikan Dojo as an organizer and instructor for several Yoshinkan Aikido demonstrations throughout the Twin Cities area.

In addition to his years of training and teaching Yoshinkan Aikido, Hansen Sensei has trained and taken part in seminars and classes of other Aikido styles, Iaido, Jujutsu, Kok Sool Wan, and Tai Chi. Jeff is also the dojo photographer, and his work is featured on this website.

John Seyer – 3rd Dan

John Seyer Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido on February 2001 at the Shuharikan Dojo in St. Paul Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of Shodan in May 2007, and received his first teaching license in May 2008. Seyer Sensei was awarded the rank of Sandan in April 2012 and holds an international instructor license through the SIAF with authority to grade through 1st dan.

 

 

Ryan Clarke – 3rd Dan

Ryan Clarke Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in April 2003 at the Shuharikan Dojo in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was awarded shodan in May 2007, first teaching license in 2009, and the rank of sandan in April 2012 and holds an international instructor license through SIAF with authority to grade through 1st dan. Clark Sensei learned about Aikido while in college, taking two semesters of Aikikai Aikido as an elective course.

Clark Sensei has interests in weapons, having trained in Kaishin Ryu Kenjutsu for over 3 years, has multiple years experience in various striking arts, grappling, and modern weapons systems. Clark Sensei also participates in the Aiki-Protect self-defense courses.

Mark Tempel – 3rd Dan

Mark Tempel Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in April 2005 at the Shuharikan Dojo in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was awarded the rank of shodan in March 2009 and his first teaching license in July 2010 and sandan in April 2015.

In the summer of 2010, he collaborated with the Geek Partnership Society (GPS) and the Shuharikan Dojo to introduce GPS members to Aikido and provide access to periodic Aikido courses. Tempel Sensei has been the lead instructor for many of the GPS courses, providing an avenue for GPS members to join the Shuharikan Dojo.

Tempel Sensei holds an international instructor license through the SIAF with authority to grade through 1st dan.

Mary Beth Lardizabal – 2nd Dan

Mary Beth Lardizabal Sensei began training in Aikido in February 2007 at the Shuharikan Dojo. She received the rank of shodan in May 2013 and awarded the rank of nidan in December 2016. Lardizabal Sensei holds an international instructor license through SIAF with authority to grade through 1st kyu.

She has trained in a number of martial arts including Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo KarateGoju-Ryu Karate, and Tai Chi. Lardizabal Sensei holds the rank of 2nd kyu in Seido Karate and sandan in Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kubudo (Okinawa weapons).