Mr. Matsumoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962 and began training in
karate and judo at an early age. By the age of 18, he had earned a
Black Belt in karate. In 1984, he moved to Los Angels, CA. In 1985, he
began studying Kiyokushin Karate (full contact) and earned his brown
belt in 1988. In 1992, Mr. Matsumoto moved from L.A. to Seattle
(Redmond, WA) He met Sensei David Morris in 1997, shortly after Sensei
Morris opened his Dojo, and became one of the first students to sign up
in Sensei Morris’s Dojo, where he went on to earn his Black Belt in
Yukihisa Matsumoto is a certified instructor in Nihon
Goshin Aikido and he is a teacher at Sensei Morris's Dojo. With his
heritage and background, Mr. Matsumoto brings a true Japanese spirit to
Sensei Nealey was born August 8th, 1984 locally in Bellevue and has lived in Redmond his entire life. He started studying Nihon Goshin Aikido under Sensei David Morris in 1998, and received his Sho-Dan in May of 2004.
Having spent over 1/3 of his life studying Nihon Goshin Aikido, it has become very much a part of his life and way of being. He believes the principles of Aikido can be applied to almost every situation one will come across in their life whether it be personal, physical, or work related.
While not training or teaching at the Aikido school, he spends a lot of his free time outdoors mountain biking, rock climbing, snowmobiling or doing other sorts of physical activities. The ability to fall and roll has proven useful more than once in his outside life and has prevented him from sustaining injuries from his active lifestyle.