I have been training in martial arts for most of my life, starting with the Kempo my father learned while in the special forces in Vietnam through through boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and san-shou.
One constant despite that bouncing around has been Aikido; as much time as I've spent on various striking styles, I've always gravitated towards the philosophy and style of aiki.
Suffice to say, I've had a number of teachers over the years. I am one of Mark's current students, and I feel incredibly fortunate for it; he has an innate understanding of how to teach, and combines it with a willingness to explore the martial arts holistically and honestly. Coming into his school as a somewhat non-traditional Aikido student, it's been fantastic to have such a skilled and open instructor to learn under, and it's easily among the finest training I've ever had.