Instructors

Philippe Wyffels (4th Dan)

Dojo Instructors - Philippe Wyffels Sensei and Gerry Carpenter Sensei

Philippe Wyffels Sensei is the chief instructor for Aikido of Salt Lake. He has trained in Aikido for more than 25 years. A native of Brussels, Belgium, Philippe Sensei began his training in Brazil under Roberto Maruyama Sensei (7th dan) of the Maruyama Institute of Aikido.

Philippe Sensei came to Utah as a shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1999. He received his nidan (2nd dan) and sandan (3rd dan) rank advancements in Salt Lake City from Masayuki Yamane Shihan (7th dan) of Sakura Aikikai  (Sakura City, Chiba-ken, Japan). In 2016, he was awarded his yondan (4th dan) from Maruyama Sensei.

Gerry Carpenter (2nd Dan)

Gerry Carpenter is assistant instructor to Philippe Wyffels Sensei. He began training at Salt Lake Aikikai in 2009. Gerry was awarded his shodan (1st dan) by Masayuki Yamane Shihan (7th dan) of Sakura Aikikai (Sakura City, Chiba-ken, Japan) in Japan in May 2014. He received his nidan (2nd dan) in Salt Lake City in March 2016 from Roberto Maruyama Sensei (7th dan) of the Maruyama Institute of Aikido.