Rodrigo began his Aikido training in 1994 at the University of Los Andes on Bogotá Colombia under the instruction of Sensei Luis Fernando Aldana (5th Dan and head of Aikikai of Colombia). He also participated in monthly intensive training every 2 years at the New York Aikikai. In 2001, he received his Sho-dan test accredited by Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada. In 2004, Ni-dan test accredited by Shihan Donovan Waite. He was also assistant intructor in Bogota from 2003 to 2004 and instructor from 2004 – 2005. He moved to London to pursue his professional studies and career and began training under The London Aikikai . In 2009 he began training at Aikido of London, with Sensei Ismail Hasan . Assistant Instructor since 2010.
Sandra began studying Aikido with Dee Chen 6th Shihan in 1993 at Shinmeikan, West London. Sandra attended courses given by Chiba Sensei in England and the USA. Joining Aikido of London in 1994 she began Iaido training in 2004 and has attained the rank of 1st Dan in 2007 and 2nd Dan in 2011.
Sandra became a full time artist 10 years ago and after working in the music industry, managing talent including Eurythmics, Shakespeare’s Sister and Londonbeat. A former professional dancer. she has continued her study of the body through yoga, pilates, Aikido and Iaido .
“Through strict discipline I am learning to keep the mind fluid and loosen the confines of outer reality.”
Ivan Melo started practising Aikido in Brazil in 1998. After training briefly under Reishin Kawai Shihan, Ivan joined the Senshin dojo where he acted as head deshi and assistant instructor under Ricardo Leite, Clauber Scarparo and Tharso Vieira Senseis’s instruction. Over the years, he attended many international seminars of internationally renowned masters such as Yoshitmitsu Yamada, Nobuyoshi Tamura, Donovan Waite, Christian Tissier, Yahe Solomon, George Lyons, Peter Bernath and others. As an enthusiast of martial arts Ivan has trained Kung Fu, Judo and Boxing.
In London since 2011, Ivan is a professional guitarist and continues his training in Aikido and Iaido under the supervision of Ismail Hasan sensei.