SHUHARIKAN AIKIDO

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FOUNDING OF SHUHARIKAN

In 1995, Gordon Shumaker, Glen Giacoletto and Jon Sharratt, all holders of black belt ranks and teaching licenses in Yoshinkan Aikido, formed the Metro Dojo, and trained and taught at a YMCA facility. On January 15, 1997 the Yoshinkan Honbu certified their dojo as the Shuharikan. Jim Nolan, M.D., Maggie Murphy and Alvin Oyama soon thereafter became board members and instructors at the Shuharikan.

In September 2014, the Shuharikan also joined the SIAF, and Yasuhisa Shioda Sensei officially certified the dojo and its teachers and students as SIAF members. Some instructors hold rank or have training experience in other martial arts as well.

The Shuharikan operates as a non-profit corporation with an unpaid, all-volunteer staff and is committed to offering instruction in the Yoshinkan style of Aikido to men, women and children. The Shuharikan is dedicated to making the dojo a safe, supportive, non-threatening environment for people of all backgrounds and abilities.

It is the Shuharikan Dojo’s strict policy not to discriminate in any way as to the ethnicity, race, religion, gender, philosophy, beliefs, or personal preferences of any person who trains at the dojo, and to actively prohibit any dojo member from engaging in discriminatory conduct, whether verbal or nonverbal.

TEACHING STAFF

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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 30 years in Yoshinkan Aikido, Shumaker Sensei has trained in the Chinese seizing art of Chin Na and in Tai Chi Chuan

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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.

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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.



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Jim Nolan Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in 1989 at the Kobukan Dojo in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He previously 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 to 2nd dan. Nolan-sensei headed the former Aiki-Buki program at the Shuharikan. He is an M.D. and is particularly interested in the anatomy, neurophysiology and psychology of Aikido.

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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.

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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 Dojo where he continues his training in Yoshinkan Aikido.

Warnacutt Sensei serves as an instructor and holds an international instructor certification 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.

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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 Yondan in March 2018 and holds an international instructor license with authority to grade through 2nd dan.





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The Phong Shumaker Sensei began training in Yoshinkan Aikido on September 2002 at the Shuharikan Dojo in St. 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 with authority to grade through 2nd dan.

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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 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).