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Utah Aikikai Instructors



Marc Fisher (Senior Instructor) Sandan

Marc began studying Aikido in San Francisco in 1995 under James Friedman Sensei. In 2003 Marc moved to Salt Lake City and began his practice of Aikido at Utah Aikikai under Rick Berardini Sensei. Marc has travelled to Japan and trained at Hombu dojo in 2011,2012 and 2013. He just received his Sandan in March 2013.

Shawn Ellingson Sandan

Shawn Ellingson began studying Aikido at Utah Aikikai in 1998 under the instruction of Hugh Young Sensei, and later Rick Berardini Sensei when he assumed the role of Dojo Cho at Utah Aikikai.

Shawn travels throughout the U.S. and Japan for his continuing education in Aikido. He also supplements his training with the study of Jujitsu. Shawn currently hold the rank of Sandan, awarded him by Frank Doran Shihan.

Ben Tyler Shodan

Ben began studying aikido in Chicago in 2007 with the Lake Forest College Aikido Club, eventually heading the club. In 2011 he moved to Salt Lake and began studying at Utah Aikikai under Rick Berardini Sensei.

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