Sensei Gina Boccolucci
Sensei Gina Boccolucci, Yondan (4th degree black belt), Fukushidoin (certified instructor) has devoted the past 25 years of her time to training and teaching Aikido. Gina Sensei has has trained at length and in most instances for years under several notable Shihan (master instructors). Among those she has trained with are Y. Yamada Sensei (8th Dan, Shihan, Chairman of the USAF and Chief Instructor of the New York Aikikai) and S. Sugano Sensei, both direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of modern Aikido. Gina Sensei has also trained with D. Waite Sensei (7th Dan, Shihan, Chief Instructor of Aikido of Center City) and H. Ikeda Sensei (7th Dan, Shihan, Chief Instructor of Boulder Aikikai). While training under Ikeda Shihan, Gina Sensei also gained exposure to the practice and principles of M. Saotome Sensei (Shihan, Chairman of ASU), also a direct student of O Sensei. Gina Sensei has also trained at Hombu Dojo, Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Florida Aikido Center is a proud member in good standing of the United States Aikido Federation since November 2008 and as a member of one of the largest United States Aikido federations, we are affiliated with the Aikido World Headquarters, Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan.
Additionally, in order to maintain the highest quality of instruction, all USAF Fukushidoin are required to not only teach but to also continue their education and advancement by requiring every Fukushidoin to travel nationally to attend at least one major USAF seminar and one additional seminar taught by a USAF Technical Committee member.
If you have any questions or would like some more information, please feel free to contact Gina Sensei directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sensei Gus Rodriguez
Gus Sensei with Dale Roznowski as uke
Gus (Gasu) Rodriguez Sensei, Godan (5th degree black belt) is a U.S. military veteran and a retired Department of Defense Civil Servant who has spent most of his life working, living, and training martial arts overseas. He began his Aikido training under the late Sadao Yoshioka Sensei at the Hawaii Aikikai in late 1969, while serving a military tour of duty at Hickam Air Force Base. He left Hawaii in February 1972 at a time when Aikido was not yet well established throughout many parts of the world. There were not many Aikido dojos and/or instructors around nor were there any video tape training films or DVDs available at that time.
Gasu Sensei relied on teaching military personnel and family members Aikido in order to maintain his proficiency. Wherever he would relocate to, he would find a small group of individuals interested in learning Aikido and he would start a small class. He would often have to travel far to wherever there was an Aikido seminar to further advance his training, which often meant traveling to another state and/or country (particularly while living overseas).
Since leaving Hawaii, he has “bounced” around the world teaching Aikido at military installations in locations like South Korea, Hellinkon AB, Greece; Pruem AS, Germany; Torrejon AB, Spain; NSA Rota, Spain;, Luquillo, Puerto Rico; AF South, Naples, Italy; and U.S. Naval Base, Guam – as well as a few stateside locations. He believes that his study of Aikido has been a difficult path to follow but he is most grateful for his uphill struggle.
His travels have allowed him the good fortune of training under and learning from several exceptional Aikido Shihans such as the late K. Ueshiba, S. Yamaguchi, Y. Yamamoto, R. Kobayashi, F. Toyoda, K. Tohei, K. Chiba, S. Sugano, Y. Fujimoto, M. Kanai Senseis. And he has also trained under the tutelage of M. Ueshiba, H. Tada, M. Kanetsuka, Y. Kitaura, C. Takeguchi Senseis, and many other wonderful Shihans. He ardently feels, that in his 47 years of training, he has experienced Aikido in a wide assortment of flavors from the soft and graceful to the hard and martial. Gasu Sensei has also studied and trained in other martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Kendo, Iaido, etc.
Dale started his Aikido Training 1992 while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He has trained in multiple federations and holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) with the World Aikikai Headquarters in Japan via the United States Aikido Federation. Additionally, Dale has rankings in a number of other martial arts including another Aikido federation, Nihongoshin. He enjoys traveling and training with numerous instructors throughout the US.
Bill started his Aikido training in 2013 at the Florida Aikido Center under Gina Sensei and holds the rank of nikkyu in the United States Aikido Federation. Over the years, Bill has trained with many other Aikido Senseis including Gus Rodriguez and Arturo Bonechea, Sensei and chief instructor at the Pinellas County Wellness Center. He has also trained with many other top USAF instructors including Y. Yamada, P. Bernath, C. Berthiaume, etc. In 2016 Bill’s devotion to Aikido allowed him to travel to Japan and train with Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba and Waka Sensei. Bill keeps a strict training regimen by participating in classes daily and has been teaching the adults beginner class since 2014. Bill has also been training in Iaido since 2013.
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