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Meet Your Instructors


Matt Addison
Chief Instructor & Dojo Cho

Matt Addison started training Aikido under Sensei Gina Boccolucci in Tampa prior to his move across the bay. Matt currently holds the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) and heads up the dojo in St Pete under the guidance of Reuven Lirov Sensei.

Sempai Matthew's Responsibilities Include Little, Junior, and Senior Samurai Training Programs, Teen/Adult Training, and School Break Programs (including Summer Camps).

Cross Training: Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Studying Traditional Eastern Medicine


Reuven Lirov

Reuven Lirov has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 2007 and currently holds a Yondan, or 4th degree black belt and Fukushidoin (teaching certification) through the United States Aikido Federation and Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Reuven spent two years as a full time apprentice, or "uchi deshi" to Rick Stickles Shihan at Aikido Schools of New Jersey

Sensei's Responsibilities Include: Adult Program Training, Bushido Blades, Physical Training (AikiFit), Overall Dojo Programming, and Seminar Instruction Around the World.

Cross Training: Judo, BJJ, Muay Thai, Hwa Rang Do, Jeet Kun Do

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