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

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    Felipe Morales
    3rd Dan

    A Cornerstone. Morales-sensei provides a strong foundation and rock-solid application of techniques to his classes.

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    Greg Johnson
    2nd Dan

    Kindness. Johnson-sensei has an overwhelming air of kindness in his interactions and his teachings.

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    Mike Ulm
    2nd Dan

    Thoughtfulness. Ulm-sensei's classes are inherently an exercise in both the mental and physical aspects of training.

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    Mike Zimmerman
    2nd Dan

    Competence. Always learning, Zimmerman-sensei instills an endless sense of curiosity and development in his teaching.

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    Jason Hearn
    1st Dan

    Positivity. A class with Hearn-sensei always feels inviting and fun, but will also be challenging and exciting. 

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.

Aikido Koshin Shuri

Aikido Koshin Shuri is a Japanese Martial Arts School for adults, children and families located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We welcome students of all ages and backgrounds. No previous experience necessary!


Come visit our dojo and explore this wonderful martial art with us!


Phone: (719) 246-1851

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