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Sabastian Velilla - President
As student of Budo since 1984, Sabastian is a U.S. Army Veteran. He is a graduate from Old Dominion University- Advanced Post Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.  He has administered International Military Education and Training to the Japanese Self Defense Forces as part of the U.S. and Japan Security cooperation program. He has competed in various Budo arts and placed in both the U.S. and in Japan. He is dedicated to protecting  an preserving traditional Budo and Culture, cultivating character, and fostering well-disciplined and capable individuals through participation in physical, mental and spiritual training utilizing martial techniques.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Chelsey Velilla - Vice President
Chelsey graduated Suma Cum Laude from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a  Bachelor degree in Art Education.  She spent 12 rewarding years teaching elementary Art for Newport News Public Schools in Virginia and was Teacher of the Year.  Currently she is the Gallery Manager and Grant Writer at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida.   Chelsey is a published working artist and instructor. She enjoys working in, and teaching methods of, mixed-media assemblage and visual journaling.  Her work can be seen at www.chelseyvelilla.com

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Mutsumi Oishi - Finance Officer
Mutsumi is a Kyudo practitioner under NY/NJ Kyudo Kai and a member of IKYF.  She was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to New York in 1983.  She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York and is the Vice President of FRP Services & Co. America Inc. overseeing the Department of Finance and Administration.   Her love and dedication to Budo is strongly influenced by her late husband, Etsuji Oishi, who was a 6th Dan Renshi in Kendo.  She lives in Tuckahoe, New York.   

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Ronda is a graduate from Florida State University. As an art connoisseur all her life, she received a Bachelor Degree  in Children's book illustrations with a minor in Asian Art. She worked as a Draftsman for many years and is an Avid History lover. She is currently an Art instructor for the Mount Dora center of the Arts and creates props and sculpture for a major theme park in Orlando.

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John Neu Ph.D- Compliance Officer
John is an applied mathematician. (BS degrees in mathematics, physics-UCSD '74, PhD in applied mathematics-Caltech '78) After post-docs at NYU and Stanford, he was professor of Mathematics at the University of California Berkley from '82 to '12. He attended a presentation of Kyudo (Archery) in Berkeley in '93. That same year, he became a student of Don Symanski who practices Heki ryu Bishu Chikurin ha Kyudo, and is a yumishi (bowmaker). In '08 he was introduced to Aaron Blackwell sensei and Ed Symmes sensei with Federation Kyudo and is an active practitioner and woodworker.

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Kannushi Kato- Dojo Shinto Advisor
Taishi Kato is a graduate from the University of London SOAS school of Religion. He is the 22nd member of his family to become a Shinto priest. Currently his family operates Ikuta Shine in Kobe, Japan and the  1000 year old Hattori Tenjinju Shrine in Osaka, Japan.  He is currently stationed at Dazaifu Tenmangu in Fukuoka Japan. Taishi Kato has dedicated himself to continuing the family tradition by spreading Shinto concepts to the English speaking world.

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Ryushin Sensei- Dojo Zen Advisor
Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei is a Zen priest in the tradition of Zen Buddhism, and a Dharma heir of the late John Daido Loori, Roshi. Ryushin Sensei was the Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery from 2009-2015.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Yale University in 1976. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1980, working first as a pediatrician in Portland, Maine, and then serving in the US Navy as a physician for three years. He then returned to Albany for postgraduate training in psychiatry. After completing his residency, he served as medical director for a community psychiatric outreach program. He entered full-time residential training at a Monastery in 1992 and is currently teaching independently.