Instructors

Robert Bryner Sensei co-founded The Dojo with his wife Chikako over 20 years ago and was our Chief instructor until his passing in October of 2012. We continue training in his honor as he left us with a wealth of knowledge that we continue to discover as we progress in our training.

Robert Bryner Sensei co-founded The Dojo with his wife Chikako over 20 years ago and was our Chief instructor until his passing in October of 2012. We continue training in his honor as he left us with a wealth of knowledge that we continue to discover as we progress in our training.

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Chikako Bryner Sensei co-founded The Dojo with her husband Robert over 20 years ago.  As Chief instructor at The Dojo she shares 30 plus years of knowledge gained through her martial arts training. Currently she holds the ranks of 5th Dan in Aikido and Aiki Toho Iai, and 4th Dan in Ryu Te® Karate.

 

 

 

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Ken Corre Sensei
Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

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Dean Fortunato Sensei began his study of Aikido in 1976. Through his training he has studied under a distinct group of teachers that include Ikeda Sensei, Saotome Sensei, Suzuki Sensei and Bryner Sensei. He currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) and has been with the Dojo for over 29 years.

 

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Derek Snyder Sensei started his Aikido training in 1989. Through the years he has also studied Judo and Boxing before landing at the Dojo to focus on Aikido, and even some Ryu Te. While he has studied under other teachers, his main instructor was Robert Bryner Sensei until his passing in 2012. He currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) and has been with the Dojo for over 18 years.

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Noble Sensei
Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

Remembering Robert Bryner Sensei (1942 - 2012)

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Bryner Sensei's martial arts training started in 1957 when he began his study of Judo at the age of 15. He went on to receive the rank of Shodan and competed in numerous AAU regional championships where he placed first on several occasions.

In 1966 he began his study of Aikido, and trained under a diverse group of teachers beginning with Shuji Maruyama Sensei, uchideshi of Hombu Dojo.  Bryner received his shodan and nidan from Maruyama Sensei, sandan (Ki no Kenkyukai) from Fumio Toyoda Sensei, yondan and godan (ASU) from Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. He also studied Tomiki and Yoshinkan Aikido for a period of time. The last 20 years Bryner was studying with Shoji Nishio Sensei who's emphasis is on the martial arts aspect of aikido and its relationship to jo an sword. He has promoted Bryner to 6th dan in Aikido and 3rd dan in Aikido Toho Iai.

Bryner was also a student of Taika Seiyu Oyata, the founder of Ryu-Te®, a classical Okinawan self defense art in which he received the rank of 7th dan. Bryner Sensei instructed the California Highway Patrol and was requested to be a member of the LAPD Use of Force Committee. He produced two videos, "Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" The first volume was rated, "...one of the best martial arts training videos I have ever seen..." by Aikido Journal no. 109 1996 Vol. 23, No. 4.