The dojo instructors continue to train under Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th dan – a direct disciple of Morihei Ueshiba

Aris Stamatelaky, 5th Degree Black Belt, Chief Iaido and Aiki-weapons Instructor

Stamatelaky Sensei is City Aikido of Los Angeles’ Chief Iaido and Aiki-Weapons Instructor. He began training in Aikido in 1963 at the Manila Aikido Club, and obtained the rank of First Degree Black Belt in 1967. Stamatelaky Sensei moved to the U.S. in 1969. He trained briefly at New York Aikikai before moving to Los Angeles where he trained at several dojo prior to joining City Aikido of Los Angeles in 1993. Stamatelaky Sensei studied Iaido with Kazuo Chiba Shihan, 8th Dan, and has been an Iaido and Aiki-Weapons instructor for several years.

KAZUHO NISHIDA, 6th Degree Black Belt, Chief Instructor and Dojo Cho

Nishida Shihan (Master) has been training in Aikido for over 45 years, and founded City Aikido & Swordsmanship of Los Angeles in 1991.