I started practicing Aikido in 1990 in Vineland Aikikai under Peter Tamagni Sensei, in Vineland, New Jersey. I was also practicing Goju Ryu Karate and Judo at that time.
In January 1995, Peter sent me to become uchi deshi with Yamada Sensei in New York Aikikai. While there, I studied extensively with Sugano Sensei and Donovan Waite Sensei as well as Yamada Sensei, but also with Harvey Konigsberg, Jane Ozeki, Hal Lehrman, and Douglas Firestone. I served in the dojo until the end of 1997.
I have been an instructor at New York Aikikai since 1995 until the dojo closed for covid in March 2020.