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 Shodan test accredited by Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada. In 2004, Nidan test accredited by Shihan Donovan Waite. He was also assistant instructor 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 . He attained his 3rd Dan in 2016.
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. Ivan attained his 3rd dan in Aikido in 2016.
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