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Sensei Neville Billimoria

Sensei Neville Billimoria, a student of Aoinagi-Ha Shito Ryu under Shihan R.R. Castilonia, Kyoshi, since 1977, is the chief instructor of the Aoinagi Ken Shu Kai, and has been teaching traditional martial arts at UCSD for nearly 30 years.

Sensei Billimoria was awarded Menkyo Sensei certification from Sensei Castilonia in 1995, and the rank of Godan from the Aoinagi Martial Arts College in 1999.  Upon Sensei Castilonia's passing in 1999, he was accepted as a direct student of O'Sensei Richard Kim, awarded the rank of Godan, and entrusted as Technical Director of Shito Ryu for the Zen Bei Butokukai and Aoinagi.  After Sensei Kim's passing in 2001, he served on the board of directors for the Zen Bei Butokukai.  In 2002, he was awarded a Rokudan rank and the title of Shihan from Sensei James Miyaji's Ken Shu Kan organization in Hawaii, where he continues his training.  In 2007, he was awarded a Renshi certificate from the Kokusai Butokukai.

Since founding Aoinagi at UCSD, Sensei Billimoria has fostered the growth of martial arts at home and abroad, founding the UCSD Martial Arts Council and the UCSD Martial Arts Expo, teaching at the annual Zen Bei Butokukai International Summer Camp in Guelph, Ontario, and running an annual San Diego mini-camp at UCSD.  In 2008, Sensei Billimoria created a six DVD series entitled "Cracking the Code of Kata".

Sensei Paul Schwartz

Sensei Paul Schwartz began his martial arts training in 1979 in Wing Chun Kung Fu for two years.  He began training in Aoinagi Karate in 1981 as a founding member of the UCSD dojo.  He received his shodan in 1987 and currently holds the rank of godan.

Sensei Schwartz has won two AAKF USA national team-kata championships and has competed in the ITKF Pan American Games in Puerto Rico and the ITKF World Championships in Lima, Peru and Montreal, Quebec.  He was also the recipient of the 1998 United Way Community Heroes Volunteer Award for San Diego County.

Sensei Schwartz received his Sensei title in 2001 and has been a bushi student of both Sensei Raymond Castilonia and Sensei Neville Billimoria.  He currently is the lead instructor for the beginning/intermediate class at UCSD.  The class teaches traditional martial arts and self-defense mixed with overall fitness and focus in a safe and fun environment.

Sensei Vicente Rodriguez

Vicente Rodriguez is a certified Menkyo Sensei (Classical Instructor) with a 4th degree black belt (Yondan) in Aoinagi-Ha Shito Ryu Karate.

Vicente began his martial arts training in 1977 practicing Lima Lama for three years while living in Mexico. He began training in Aoinagi-Ha Shito Ryu Karate in 1983.

Vicente was the lead instructor for a beginner/intermediate class while a graduate student at the University of Iowa and has been an assistant instructor at UCSD. Vicente has competed in various tournaments where he won individual kata (forms) competition and two National Championships in team kata.

Sensei Charles Bergan

Biography coming soon!

Sensei Matt Nilsen

Biography coming soon!


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