Instructors

Tony Graziano started training in Tae Kwan Do in 1968 while in Vietnam. After coming back to Louisville he was eventually promoted to Sandan (3rd degree black belt) through the South Central Karate Federation under Doug Kerr Sensei. He had always wanted to try Aikido so he joined a local club in 1979 and has been doing Aikido ever since. He was promoted to Godan (5th dan) by Saotome Shihan in 2010. His Aikido has been strongly influenced by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan and Kevin Choate Sensei.

David Meisner started training in martial arts in 1979. He trained and taught Japanese Karate for eight years, where he earned a 2nd degree black belt and an instructors certification. He switched to Aikido in 1988 and currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd dan). He has also trained to varying degrees in Iaido, Kendo, and some traditional Okinawan weapons.

Jim Ragan started training in Aikido in 1989. He currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd dan). He was introduced to Eishin-ryu Iaido by Devorah Dometrick, who learned in Okinawa while in the Airforce.

Carlos Perez started training in Aikido in 1990 and has been a regular instructor since 2004. He currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd dan) and cross trains in a variety of sword based martial arts including Eishin-ryu.

Jim Karnes started training in Aikido in 1994 and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd dan). Time permitting he cross trains in Systema.