Instructors

Instructor Biographies

Jiyushinkai Chief Instructor

C. E. ClarkC. E. Clark
Born in 1947, Clark sensei began budo training at the age of six and has continued his practice through the present. Clark has studied in the U.S., France, Japan, Canada, and Republic of South Vietnam, and holds the rank of Jiyushinkai Shihan, 8th dan, (has also practiced Kodokan Judo, karate do, jujutsu, Shinto Muso Ryu Jo and T’ai chi ch’uan). Clark has trained under a number of top-level teachers, and has been most strongly influenced by F. Fujita, J. Bayless, R.L. Willingham, E. Cates, F. Hatashita, K. Geis, T. Miyake, P. Relnick, and T. Nishioka. He founded his own organization, the Jiyushinkai, in 1984. A U.S.M.C. veteran of Vietnam and former hospital manager and consultant. Clark is now a writer and budo teacher at the Jiyushinkan in Monroe, WA. He has a son, Aaron (7th dan, Jiyushinkai), two grand-daughters, and two dogs, Susie Q and Sherry Baby.

Renshinkan Instructors

Charlie AtkinsonCharlie Atkinson
Born in 1965, Charlie has been practicing aikibudo since 1995 as well as Shinto Muso-ryu jo (Go-Mokuroku) and other Japanese koryu with Phil Relnick. His instructors are C. E. Clark and Aaron Clark. He holds Jiyushinkai 4th dan and is an instructor at the Renshinkan.

Carl BilodeauCarl Bilodeau – Dōjō-chō
Born in 1968, Carl began his budo training in 1995 under C. E. Clark in Arizona. His practice has been influenced by several teachers in the Jiyushinkai system, his peers, and Stan Conner. He holds Jiyushinkai 4th dan and is an instructor at the Renshinkan. He also studies Shinto Muso-ryu jo with Phil Relnick. He currently lives in Mesa.

Steve FurbushSteve Furbush
Born in 1961, Steve’s martial arts career started in the late 70’s with Uechi-ryu Karate followed by Orthodox Dragon Kung Fu, which he practiced actively for 10 years. He began training at the Jiyushinkan in Tempe, Arizona in early 1994. His teachers include C. E. Clark, Aaron Clark, and he also practices Shinto Muso-ryu jo (Go-Mokuroku) and other Japanese koryu with Phil Relnick. He currently holds Jiyushinkai 4th dan and is an assistant instructor at the Renshinkan. He is married to Karen.

Michael HackerMichael Hacker
Born in 1969, Michael began his budo training in the late 70’s with Tae Kwon Do under Suk Ki Shin and has had exposure to various Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Filipino martial arts since.  His primary influences are Donald Moriyama, Amano Shigeko, Saito Morihiro, C. E. Clark, David Martin, and Stan Conner. Michael holds Jiyushinkai 4th dan and is an instructor at the Renshinkan.  (Incidentally, he still holds the record for the longest commute to the dojo, having moved from Tokyo to Arizona in 1998 specifically to study this art.)

Dennis HintzDennis J. Hintz
Born in 1945, Dennis started Aikibudo training in 1998 under C. E. Clark and Aaron Clark, and has been influenced by others in the Jiyushinkai system. He also studies Shinto Muso Ryu Jo with Phil Relnick. He holds Jiyushinkai 4th dan and is an assistant instructor at the Renshinkan. He lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife Lorri and their three cats.

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