Shindai Dojo Instructors

Shindai Dojo is home to a strong group of internationally certified students of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, world-renowned head of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. The dojo maintains an unrivaled reputation in the greater Aikido community, both nationally and internationally.

Senior Instructors

Fasen Sensei / Senior Instructor
Chief Instructor of Shindai Dojo
ASU 6th dan – Rokudan,  Ueshiba Juku

Canin Sensei / Sr. Instructor
6th dan-Rokudan / Ueshiba Juku

Meet Our Exemplary Instructors

Tim Magill Sensei (Godan) has trained in Aikido since 1986. Training and teaching nationally and abroad, Tim Sensei joined Shindai Dojo in 2014, and assumed teaching responsibilities in 2015. Tim was promoted to Godan in 2016 by Frank Doran Sensei (CAA), and now holds that rank within the ASU.



Gil Gillespie Sensei (Yondan) has trained in Aikido since 1989. Besides teaching Aikido classes at Shindai, he is a Sandan in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iai Jutsu. He was promoted to ASU Yondan in 2016. Gil Sensei currently directs the teaching of Iai classes at Shindai.



Charles Harney Sensei (Yondan ) started his training at Shindai in 1992. He moved to Puerto Rico, establishing Michi Dojo in San Juan. He returned to the US and the Shindai teaching staff in 2012. His legacy Dojo in San Juan continues and thrives.  He was promoted to ASU Yondan in 2016.



 Dr. Ola Karasik Sensei (Yondan) has been practicing Aikido since 1997, inspired by teachers including Daniel Herman Sensei, Frank Doran Sensei, Kayla Feder Sensei, Mary Heiny Sensei and M. Saotome Shihan. Ola Sensei was promoted to ASU Yondan through Shindai in July of 2017.


Kristen Kuebler Sensei (Yondan) began her Aikido training in England in 1993. She joined Shindai Dojo in 2005 as a Nidan. One of her major influences was the late Henry Kono Sensei. Kristen Sensei was promoted to Sandan in the ASU in 2012 and Yondan in 2018. She is a integral instructor at Shindai.



Dan McCartney Sensei ( Yondan ) has trained Aikido since the early 1990s. A Shindai instructor of many years, he is also the Shindai Dojo Cho (operational director). Dan Sensei was promoted to Sandan in 2014 by Dennis Hooker Sensei and received his ASU Yondan through Shindai  in 2019.



Matthew Bartolomei Sensei (Nidan) has been training at Shindai since 2004. He received his Shodan from Hooker Sensei in 2009 and his Nidan in 2014. He currently acts as an assistant instructor tasked with teaching fundamentals, while he continues his personal training.



Phillip Ott Sensei (Sandan) was promoted to Sandan in 2019. He trains diligently all over the US. He continues to train with the best and currently acts as an assistant instructor tasked with teaching fundamentals at Shindai.



Dimitri Deglas Sensei came to Shindai from New York. He has an extensive martial background, with  Yudansha ranking in Karate, Aikido, and Sandan rank  in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu under Okomoto Sensei. Besides teaching aikido at Shindai Aikikai, Dimitri Sensei also teaches weekly Daito Ryu classes.



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