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Meet Your Instructors


Reuven Lirov
Yondan, Shidoin

Reuven Lirov has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 2007 and currently holds a Yondan, or 4th degree black belt and Shidoin (teaching certification) through the United States Aikido Federation and Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Reuven spent two years as a full time apprentice, or "uchi deshi" to Rick Stickles Shihan at Aikido Schools of New Jersey

Sensei's Responsibilities Include: Adult Program Training, Bushido Blades, Physical Training (AikiFit), Overall Dojo Programming, and Seminar Instruction Around the World.

Cross Training: Judo, Muay Thai, Hwa Rang Do, Jeet Kun Do


Matt Addison

Matt Addison started training Aikido under Sensei Gina Boccolucci in Tampa prior to his move across the bay. Matt currently holds the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) and heads up the dojo's childrens program under the guidance of chief instructor Reuven Lirov Sensei.

Sempai Matthew's Responsibilities Include: Little, Junior, and Senior Samurai Training Programs, and School Break Programs (including Summer Camps).

Cross Training: Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Studying Traditional Eastern Medicine


Jerry Cerrato

Jerry Cerrato began his Aikido journey in Fargo under Sensei Robert Angotti, achieving his second degree black belt.

A move to Florida introduced him to the Tampa Aikido dojo where he met Reuven and they trained together.

When Pinellas County Aikikai formed, Jerry joined almost immediately and continues to attend class regularly, along with teaching as needed.

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Michael Geery

Michael Geery began his training in the '80s under Larry Reynosa sensei and then completing his Shodan under Saotome Sensei in 1994.

Since then, he has trained primarily in Brazilian Jiujitsu, attaining the rank of 3rd degree black belt, along with multiple competitions.

Michael is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the dojo, along with children, teen, and adult BJJ.


Students of Aikido ranked 2nd kyu or higher who have been given special permission to engage in this instructor training program. These sessions focus on ensuring that instructors always present as role models physically, mentally, and spiritually on the mat. 

The kenshusei program at our dojo is rigorous and requires a tremendous commitment from those interested. Sensei must personally approve any applicants for each year's 2--3 kenshusei programs.

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