Instructors

Frank Mancini

Degree: Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Frank Mancini has been practicing Kokikai Aikido with the Columbia University Aikido club since 1996 and has been teaching on campus for the past 14 years. Under the guidance of Sensei Shuji Maruyama founder of Kokikai Aikido and Gary Snyder Sensei 7th Dan and NYC Senior Instructor and former Senior Instructor at Columbia, he continues the dynamic evolving tradition of Kokikai Aikido assisting students in catching the essence of the foundation of our training captured in our four basic principles.

Frank is a life long martial artist with extensive training in other competitive fighting arts as well as a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. He endeavors to bring all his experience as a martial artist, both as practitioner and instructor to help aspiring students discover a love for practice and growth for themselves.

Phil Braun

Degree: Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

Phil has been practicing Kokikai Aikido for over 17 years and has been teaching at Columbia for the past 6 years. He also has dan rankings in other Japanese & Korean martial arts.

Phil brings his passion to sharing Aikido with people of all ages and sizes for the value that can be found in all aspects of Aikido practice both on and off the mat.

Brendan Kelly

Degree: Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

Brendan Kelly Sensei was first introduced to Kokikai Aikido through the Columbia University Aikido Club in 2000, when he was studying as an undergraduate there. Although it was by mere chance that he happened to learn about the club and the discipline in general, he immediately saw the value and benefit of its practice, not only for self-defense purposes, but also for achieving a greater awareness of self and our responses to the energies we face.

Despite his being an instructor for the club for several years, Brendan is continually honored to share his perspective and experience with Kokikai Aikido to the members of the Columbia Community, and is happy to give back to the place where he first encountered the art.

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