Chief Instructor John Ekey Sensei, 3rd Dan

Ekey Sensei started training in 1988 with Mark Ruppert Sensei of the St. Louis Ki Society. One year later in 1989 he moved to Japan to train at the Ki Society Headquarters in Tokyo.

He returned to St. Louis in 1990 and in 1993 began cross training with Eric Henkels Sensei of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba after attending a seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei at the Chicago Aikikai.

After graduating from college in 1994 he moved to Boulder Colorado to train with Ikeda Sensei on a regular basis at the Boulder Aikikai.

For eleven years he continued to train at Boulder Aikikai until 2005 when he returned to St.Louis and has lead the St. Louis Aikikai ever since.

Senior Instructor Michael Grossman Sensei, 5th Dan

Grossman Sensei began training in Aikido in 1972 with Hagihara Sensei in New York in 1972.

Between 1980-1983, he trained in Hawaii under Yoshioka Shihan.

From 1983-1989 and again from 1997-2004, Grossman Sensei lived in Japan and trained at Aikido World Headquarters as a student of Masuda Seijiro Shihan (8th Dan). He has been teaching at St. Louis Aikikai since 2006.

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