6th Dan, Shihan
Kenzo Egami was already a karate black belt in 1978 when he begun the study of Aikido with Kobayashi Hirokazu. He trained intensively with him and his closest students before moving to the United States of America where he would reside between 1987 and 1990. During this period of time he practiced Aikido at the New York Aikikai. To deepen his understanding of Aiki he also studied Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in the lineage of Takuma-kai. In 1997 he was sent to Europe (Italy and Spain) to supervise a growing number of dojo which would later join the Osaka Buikukai. Following the death of Kobayashi shihan, in 1998, he would assist Jiro Kimura shihan in his seminars in Italy, France, and Switzerland. In 2004 he moved to the US for the third time. Soon after settling in Los Angeles he established the “Aikido Los Angeles Buikukai” which has affiliated centers in both the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange County. In 2014 he permanently relocated to Osaka, Japan, where he studies and promote Kobayashi’s Aikido legacy. He visits his students in the US at least once a year, conducting seminars and promotion tests. The Aikido taught by Egami shihan is elegant and essential. His technique is short, compact and precise with as little movement offline as possible. A strong believer in pressure testing and training with proportionate resistance, his movements result in effective and powerful techniques and yet do not rely on strength or excessive momentum to execute.
Andrea's first experienced with martial arts was with Judo at the age of 10 in Genova, Italy. In 1991 he transitioned to Buikukai Aikido and studied under Bruno Maganzini sensei. Between 1991 and 2005 he attended seminars with several direct students of Morihei Ueshiba as well as directed by well-known European instructors. In 2006 he moved to Nagoya where he joined the Nanzan University Aikido Club and also experienced the practice of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu. He currently serves as instructor for the Buikukai centers in Orange County and technical supervisor for the local University clubs. Besided Aikido, he practices Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu (Takuma-Kai), as well as Yagyu Shinkage-ryu and Owari-kan Sojutsu.
Nicha started the practice of Aikido in 1981 with Fukakusa shihan at Renbukan dojo in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2000 she started training with Nakayama Sensei at Chushinkan dojo in Buena Park, California. Later in 2008, she became a student of Egami shihan at the time he opened the Los Angeles Buikukai dojo in Gardena. Upon Egami shihan return to Japan, Nicha was appointed instructor for the Los Angeles Buikukai dojo and the Greater Los Angeles area.
David started aikido in the summer of 1991 in Osaka, under the direction of Koichi Yoshida shihan of the Osaka Buikukai. During that period, he also had the opportunity to train directly with Hirokazu Kobayashi shihan, as well as the current head of the Osaka Buikukai, Jiro Kimura shihan. During his nine years in Japan, he also attained ranks in Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu Takuma-Kai, as well as Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Heihou and Niten-Ichi-ryu Heihou Kenjutsu. He currently lives and teaches in Memphis, TN.
"As a Television major, I want to incorporate the action and energy of martial arts into the stories I tell with intelligent, skillful fights. To that end I want to explore a broad range of disciplines: Aikido but also Judo, Taekwondo, and Kenjutsu. Aikido is fun and insightful. It's the perfect complement to something like Karate or Taekwondo as its philosophy and techniques are drastically different. Learning of its connections with sword techniques is fascinating, and gives a sword enthusiast like myself a great frame of reference. At Chapman, we practice Aikido in a challenging and practical, yet safe and relaxed environment."