Chris Moses

Chris MosesChris Moses began his study of Aikido under Donovan Pierce in Kurita Minouru’s Seikikai Aikido in 1994.  In 1998 he was promoted to shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in Seikikai Aikido and Shoden-Ni in Seiki-ryu Kenjutsu/Jodo (a combination of Iwama style Aiki-ken/jo and Nishio Sensei’s Aiki-toho).  He continued his study of Aikido under Kimberly Richardson at her newly formed Two Cranes Aikido.  Around this same time, Chris became a student of Shinto Ryu Iai-Battojutsu at Seattle School of Aikido under Robby Pellett.  Chris studied and taught Aikido at Two Cranes Aikido for six years, and was promoted to nidan (2nd degree blackbelt) in 2002. 

Chris was inspired by the classes and demonstrations of some non-Aikido teachers at the Las Vegas Aiki Expo in 2002 (namely Toby Threadgill and Don Angier) to look outside of the Aikido mainstream for a deeper understanding of aiki.  In 2003 this brought him to Icho Ryu Aikibudo beginning the process of relearning everything he thought he knew about aiki.  In 2006 on a trip to Japan he visited Akuzawa Minouru and his Aunkai Bujutsu dojo and was introduced to the Aunkai.  He has been instrumental in the organization of seminars and workshops in Seattle with both Akuzawa Minoru and his senior student Rob John.  In 2006, he was promoted to yondan (4th degree blackbelt) in Shinto Ryu Iai-Battojutsu by Mochizuki Takashi Shihan, head of the Seibu line of Shinto Ryu Iai-Battojutsu. 

Chris has taught Aikido at Seattle School of Aikido since 2008 and continues his own training in Icho Ryu Aikibudo, Shinto Ryu Iai-Battojutsu and Aunkai Bujutsu.