Each of our top ranking students shares the responsibility of educating and teaching new students. Check out our senior students and their stories below.

Morales Sensei

Felipe started his Aikido journey 30 years ago, in New York, and was hooked immediately.

In his teachings here in Colorado Springs, Morales-sensei tries to instill an ability to recognize the  possibilities of how even the most basic of techniques can be applied. Focus, movement, repetition, and connection all come into play when applying technique both inside and outside of the dojo.

Felipe's foci for this year are kumi-jo, kumi-tachi, and improving his ukemi.

Johnson Sensei

Greg started his Aikido journey 22 years ago in Durango, Colorado. He started training with Goettsche-sensei in 2009, and has been a dedicated student since then.

In his teachings, Johnson-sensei tries to instill a sense of fun and sincerity while simultaneously expanding the awareness of his students.

Greg's foci for this year are shihonage, zanshin, and relaxation.

Ulm Sensei

Mike started his Aikido journey 8 years ago, here at Aikido Koshin Shuri, in Colorado Springs.

In his teachings, Ulm-sensei tries to instill self-confidence, self-respect and body-confidence.

Mike's foci for this year are increasing his ability to blend and relax while maintaining Ki extension.

Zimmerman Sensei

Mike started his Aikido journey 6 years ago, here at Aikido Koshin Shuri in Colorado Springs - before that he had experience in both karate and taekwondo.

In his teachings, Zimmerman-sensei tries to instill the importance of the aikidoka relaxing in their training, mastering basic footwork required to carry out balanced and efficient movement in techniques, and mastering a smooth roll, which is a cornerstone of good ukemi.

Mike's focus for this year is on further developing smoothness and flow in his technique, with the goal of an attacker feeling almost nothing when a technique is applied to them.

Hearn Sensei

Jason started his Aikido journey 5 years ago here, at Aikido Koshin Shuri. After pursuing martial arts for most of his life, he found his way to Aikido.

Jason embraces the uniqueness of each student’s style in his teaching. He believes that through following basic techniques, students can have a firm foundation to develop their own style and movements where slight variations in technique create a harmonious symphony of movement and connection.

The focus for Jason this year is connecting with uke. He communicates this connection by helping uke to feel his one point, but also being able to turn the tables on an attack from a disconnected nage.


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