Senior Instructors2018-05-11T21:52:15+00:00

Shidoin – Senior Instructors

Bob Hodge
Bob HodgeGodan
5th degree black belt
Luke Maranto
Luke MarantoGodan
Luke is a 5th degree black belt in Aikido. He has been studying Japanese martial arts since 1982 and is also a 4th degree black belt in Yoshukai karate and a 4th degree black belt in Mugai Ryu iaido. He is the Mugai Ryu iaido study group leader.
Derek Duval
Derek DuvalGodan
Derek is a 5th degree black belt Aikido certified instructor. He has been training in martial arts for over 30 years including Aikido, Judo, Iaido and Tae Kwon Do. Derek is a veterinarian.
Simone Maranto
Simone MarantoYondan
Simone has been training in Japanese martial arts since 1992 and training with Aikido Association Atlanta since 1996. She is a 4th degree black belt in Aikido and 2nd degree black belt in iaido, the art of Japanese Swordsmanship.
Tom Wilder
Tom WilderYondan
4th degree black belt
Keith Washington
Keith WashingtonSandan
3rd degree black belt
Gifford Pace
Gifford PaceSandan
Gifford began his martial art training in close-quarters police tactics under the supervisor of Fred Burnside. He found aikido in San Antonio and trained under Lac Tran during the late ’80. Upon his move to Memphis, his abilities and knowledge of aikido and kempo grew by working closely with Gary Chase. He would go on to be one of the founders of the Keishinkan dojo in Memphis, as well as run an aikido class for Lausanne High School. He now has been training at Kyushinkan dojo in Atlanta since 2013.
Johan Shutz
Johan ShutzSandan
Johan started Aikido in early 2005 and has trained with the AWA at the Kyushinkan dojo ever since. He enjoys Aikido because it allows him to combine mental and physical activity and challenges, and to interact with a great group of people to develop and refine the skills to tackle these challenges. Many years back Johan trained in judo for a few years, but he enjoys Aikido more.
Johan is married and enjoys time with family and friends, travel across the globe, outdoor photography and is fascinated by astronomy. He holds an MBA from Tuck at Dartmouth College, has worked in ocean transport and logistics, in management consulting with CSC and Gartner, and has his own management consulting business.
Alex Gurevich
Alex GurevichSandan
Alex is a 3rd degree black belt Aikido certified instructor and a 2nd degree black belt in Mugai Ryu iaido. With background in Karate and Judo from his youth, Alex enjoys multiple martial arts and tries to experience different styles and forms throughout his personal and work travels. In his day to day job, Alex is an analytics and artificial intelligence consultant for enterprise companies.