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Teachers Programs

The Aikido of London teacher training program provides qualified participants with the tools to evolve their practice and teach effectively. A strong technical and physical foundation is developed, together with self-awareness and teaching experience. The Teacher Training program is available to Aikido of London students who have been members for a minimum period of 12 months.


Ivan Melo started practising Aikido in Brazil in 1998. After training briefly under Reishin Kawai Shihan, Ivan joined the Senshin dojo where he acted as head deshi and assistant instructor under Ricardo Leite, Clauber Scarparo and Tharso Vieira Senseis’s instruction. Over the years, he attended many international seminars of internationally renowned masters such as Yoshitmitsu Yamada, Nobuyoshi Tamura, Donovan Waite, Christian Tissier, Yahe Solomon, George Lyons, Peter Bernath and others. As an enthusiast of martial arts Ivan has trained Kung Fu, Judo and Boxing.

In London since 2011, Ivan is a professional guitarist and continues his training in Aikido and Iaido under the supervision of Ismail Hasan sensei. Ivan attained his 3rd dan in Aikido in 2016 and Iaido 1st Dan in Iaido in 2018. In 2019 he trained full time at the Aikikai Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Ivan Melo

Rodrigo began his Aikido training in 1994 at the University of Los Andes on Bogotá Colombia under the instruction of Sensei Luis Fernando Aldana (5th Dan and head of Aikikai of Colombia). He also participated in monthly intensive training every 2 years at the New York Aikikai. In 2001, he received his Shodan test accredited by Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada. In 2004, Nidan test accredited by Shihan Donovan Waite. He was also assistant instructor in Bogota from 2003 to 2004 and instructor from 2004 – 2005.

He moved to London to pursue his professional studies and career and began training under The London Aikikai . In 2009 he began training at Aikido of London, with Sensei Ismail Hasan . He attained his 3rd Dan in 2016.

Rodrigo is currently in Teacher Training for senior instruction.

Rodrigo Mazzora

Olga Kolchyna started training Aikido in 2003 in Belarus under the supervision of Andrej Mostovnikov (5th Dan and the head of Belarusian Aikido Federation) and Olga Mostovnikova (5th Dan), and curation of Kanetsuka Sensej. When she moved to London in 2009 to pursue her career in Artificial Intelligence, she continued training under the London Aikikai. In 2010 Olga joined the Aikido of London dojo and began practicing with Ismail Hasan Sensej. She obtained her Shodan in 2016.


Olga attended many domestic and international seminars with Kanetsuka Sensej, Chiba Sensej, Horri Etsuji Shihan, Donovan Waite Shihan, Yahe Solomon, Shihan George Lyons, Juba Nour and others. In 2016-2019 she was an aikido teacher at the University of Art London. In 2019 she has become an assistant instructor at the Aikido of London dojo.

Olya Kolchyna

Erdjan Eker