Head Instructor: Chetan Prakash Sensei, Sixth Degree Black Belt ASU
Chetan Prakash, Sixth Dan Aikikai, has been practicing Aikido since 1983. His teacher is Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, a long-term direct disciple of O Sensei and founder and head instructor of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU).
In 2012 Saotome Shihan awarded Prakash Sensei the Ueshiba Juku designation, identifying the recipient as belonging to the lineage of O Sensei. The designation is a testament to ability, character and loyalty, and is based upon the recipient's firm commitment to the vision of O Sensei. The status is indicated by wearing the calligraphy, written by Saotome Sensei and shown at the right, on the formal Dogi.
Prakash Sensei also feels a deep sense of gratitude to his other main Aikido influences, including Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan and Frank Doran Shihan directly in Aikido, and Michael Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev of Systema. He holds a Ph.D from Cornell University in Mathematical Physics and is currently an independent researcher on mathematical theories of Consciousness, on which he has delivered invited talks at international conferences. He is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Center for the Study of Consciousness at the California State University, San Bernardino, where he founded the Aikido Club in 1989 and was the Aikido Instructor for seven years. He is affiliated faculty with the CSU Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. He was also a certified instructor in the Russian martial art “Ryabko Systema,” from 2010 through 2013 and incorporates this knowledge into his teaching of Aikido and Self-Protection.
Instructor Assistant Instructors
Luis Escamilla, 4th Degree Black Belt Jay Walters, 2nd Degree Blackbelt Venu Kanaparthy, 2nd Degree Blackbelt
Kids Aikido Class Instructors
John Ynami, First degree black belt ASU Devin Gamundoy, First degree black belt ASU Agustin Equiha, Nikyu ASU