Instructors/Shidoin

Mike Gallo, President, 6th Dan

Gallo Sensei has been teaching Aikido for 32 years and training in martial arts for over 55 years. He currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Aikido issued by Aiki Hombu Dojo (Aikido Headquarters) in Tokyo, Japan; where he visited many times to train with O’Sensei’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and grandson Moriteru Ueshiba, the third and current Doshu of Aiki Kai. On November 26, 2015 Gallo Sensei received his Menkyo Shihan 7th Dan in Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu. His training in other martial arts includes: Yanagi Ryu Aiki Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, and Kenpo Karate, as well as a number of weapons arts. He is a NRA certified firearms instructor.

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Villa Sensei, Dojo Cho, 4th Dan

Villa Sensei began his training in Aikido in 1997 under Gallo Sensei. He currently holds the rank of fourth degree black belt ( Yondan ) in Aikido issued by Gallo Sensei from Aiki Kai Hombu Dojo) in Tokyo, Japan on July 2019. In 1996 Villa Sensei received his first Black Belt from Grandmaster Chun in the art of Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do. Villa Sensei has also trained in Judo, and Kendo. He has also been training in Brazilian Jiujitsu since 2008. Villa Sensei’s diverse foundation in Martial Arts makes him an excellent Instructor. He was appointed Dojo Cho and Shidoin by Gallo Sensei March 2020.

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Garrett Fuller, 5th Dan

Garrett Fuller began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do in 1988 and achieved the rank of 1st Dan. In 1993 Mr. Fuller was introduced to Aikido at the Virginia Tech Aikido club in Blacksburg, VA where he studied with John Hayes for two years. From 1995 to 2001 with a variety of Sensei’s. In 2003 Mr. Fuller established Aikido Suimei in Phoenixville, PA, now known as Great Valley Aikido. In 2008 Mr. Fuller relocated to San Diego, CA and joined Coryl Crane Sensei. Mr. Fuller received his 4th dan in Aikido in January 2014. In 2018 Gallo Sensei Issued Garrett Fuller Sensei his Shidoin (Teaching Certificate).In 2021 Fuller Sensei received his 5th Dan.
We are thrilled to have Fuller Sensei as part of our teaching staff!

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Assistant Instructors / Fukushidoin

Hartmut Loch, Shodan

Hartmut Loch began his Aikido training under Gallo Sensei in 2010. His Martial Arts training started with
Taekwondo in 1976 in Stuttgart Germany. He received extensive tactical martial arts training as a German Police paratrooper. Hartmut holds a first degree black belt (Shodan) in Iaido issued by Gallo Sensei in 2017.Hartmut received his first degree black belt (Shodan) in Aikido issued by Gallo Sensei from Aiki Kai
Hombu Dojo Tokyo, Japan in December 2018.

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