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Collegeville Station - lower level - 50 West 3rd Ave, Collegeville, PA 19426 610-489-6281

ASA Instructors

All ASA Instructors volunteer their time and skill to teach at the Dojo

Michael Aloia - Dojo Cho Aloia Sensei enjoys the fluidity and freedom Aikido provides while focusing on the martial aspects. For over 30 years, he has studied multiple arts and various forms and styles of Aikido to cultivate an appreciation of form, function and application.  Aloia Sensei believes Aikido encompasses all the arts and is the vehicle by which a martial arts practitioner truly becomes well rounded. He is a fitness trainer and Dojo Cho of the Asahikan Dojo Aikido in Collegeville, PA. He has been featured in several instructional DVD titles and is the author of the book How Aikido Can Change the World and co-author of Rescuer Mindset. Actively involved in the community, Aloia Sensei has worked with several area organizations including Tac-Med and Operational Medicine Research Group as an instructor, the Pottstown Guardian Angels as a member and served as the Chapter’s Trainer from 2010 until 2013, He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Aikido United International, a non-profit group. Aloia Sensei holds the rank of Godan and is also a recognized yudansha at Aikido World Headquarters – Hombu Dojo – Japan.

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Pamela Aloia - Sensei Cho Aloia Sensei appreciates the dynamic, yet simple movement and blending aspects of Aikido and focuses on centering and body movement in aikido. Sensei has also studied other forms and styles. Sensei enjoys the chance to help others learn and in turn, learns through teaching.  Aloia Sensei is certified Coach as well as holding certifications in several energy and therapeutic modalities which she practices at her energy center Sol Angel.  Sensei is features in the DVDs The Perfect Storm - a Women in Aikido and the Aikido - an art in motion series and the author of the book 52 Pick Me Up and co-author of Rescuer Mindset. Aloia Sensei currently holds the rank of Sandan.

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Cheri Poole - Children’s Instructor/ Dojo Uneisha
Cheri-san has been studying aikido under the direction of Aloia Sensei since 2004. Having had no previous martial art experience, Cheri finds the art of Aikido both empowering and challenging. She embraces the fluidity of the movements and finds herself continually striving to learn from those around her. Cheri spends her time outside the dojo working in various volunteer capacities and being a full time wife and mother to three boys, all of whom study at Asahikan. Cheri is Nidan.

Antonio Aloia - Assistant Instructor
Antonio-san is currently pursuing a Masters degree in History with an interest in Eastern Asian Studies. He has been training regularly since 2002 and currently leads our Children’s Saturday morning class. Antonio-san holds the rank of Nidan

ASA Assistant/Mudansha Instructors

As part of a student’s aikido training and advancement, students volunteer to assist in kohai instruction. Mudansha is anyone below the rank of shodan (first black belt).  This time spent instructing offers the student the opportunity to build a stronger foundation while gaining the experience and confidence needed to conduct regular classes.

Annelise Aloia - Ikkyu - Children’s Instructor Assistant
Annelise-san works assisting with our Children’s Program. She has participated in the Dojo’s Kenshu Deshi Program and has been training since 2002. Annelise-san is currenly earning her degree in Finance.

“A pebble cast into a pond creates ripples.  Aikido is the pebble. We are the ripples.

Collegeville Station - Lower Level
50 West 3rd Ave, Collegeville, PA 19426 610-489-6281
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