Paul Barrett, Ph.D., Yondan and Chief Instructor



I studied a variety of martial arts in my youth including Kenpo, Taijiquan, Shotokan, Shorin-Ryu Karate, and Tae Kwon Do.  In 1991 I began my study of Iwama Aikido under the direction of Wolfgang Baumgartner Sensei in Reno, Nevada.  


My career required I move throughout the west but whether in southern California, Tucson, Las Vegas, Nevada or Albuquerque I have continued to study a variety of aikido styles.   My other instructors have included Aviv Goldsmith, Tom Rennie, Judith Robinson, Coryl Crane, Stan Pranin, Diane Deskin, and James Cornfield Senseis.


When I relocated to Albuquerque I crossed paths with Bill Smythe Sensei of Aikido Arts Center Santa Fe.  Baumgartner Sensei had started Aikido Arts Center several years before but had since returned to his native Germany and turned the dojo over to Bill Sensei.  Nevertheless Baumgartner Sensei returns to Santa Fe regularly to offer seminars at his former school.  As a result for three years I drove  over an hour each way to train several days a week in Santa Fe.  Several years ago I decided to teach Iwama style aikido in Albuquerque through Recreational Services at the University of New Mexico. In January of 2018 I moved my program off campus to it's present location, 4312 Lomas Boulevard NE in Albuquerque. I currently hold a Yoddan (4th degree black belt) recognized by the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo.


I regularly travel to seminars throughout the west and have attended those taught by Morihiro Saito, Hans Goto, Kim Peuser, Hoa Newans, Pat Hendricks, Bill Witt, Hiroshi Ikeda, Mitsugi Saotome, and the current Doshu, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei among others.



Charles Stein, Nidan, Instructor

In 1992, in college studying Japanese ceramics, I had my first experience with aikido. I practiced sporadically for the next ten years. In May 2002, I renewed my commitment to aikido. I was introduced to Iwama style aikido by both Douglas Dale Sensei and Vincent Salvatore Sensei, and spent time traveling back and forth between the two. In January 2003, I moved to Reno Nevada and became uchideshi  under Vince Salvatore Sensei. While uchideshi, I received my shodan in 2005.  That same year, I traveled to Iwama, Japan and became uchideshi under Hitohiro Saito Sensei. While in Japan under H. Saito Sensei, I received my yudansha certificate. Upon my return to the USA, I resumed as uchideshi in Reno until 2006. In 2008, I received my nidan, and in 2013, I established Tucson Desert Aikido in Tucson, AZ. After moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2017, I renamed the school East Mountain Aikido and merged with Albuquerque Iwama Aikido.



Charles Neal, Shodan, Assistant Instructor

Charles Neal was born and raised in Louisiana.  As a young man he studied Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do.  He cross trained in kickboxing, Taiiji Quan, Kung Fu, grappling, and mixed martial arts in Louisiana and New Mexico.


In 2001 Charles began his Aikido training under Sensei James Cornfield at Sandia Budokan.  He holds a shodan rank from Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan.  In 2015 he began training and functioning as an assistant instructor with Albuquerque Iwama Aikido.


Tyler Smith Nidan Kyokushin Karate Instructor

Tyler Smith began his martial arts training in the year 2000, inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee and the famous Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. He first studied Shaolin Kungfu and Tai Chi Chuan, and then moved into full-contact kickboxing and Muay Thai. He began his training in Kyokushin Karate with Shihan Yoshifumi Ito in Portland, OR in 2008.
He has competed in several full-contact tournaments and took 1st place in the heavyweight division in 2013 and 2014, and currently holds a nidan ranking through the International Karate Organization Tezuka Group.
Smith Sensei leads our Kyokushin Karate program


Nathan Ezra Meier Leads Our Tai Chi Program


I have been practicing the form for 40 years, and rely on it for centering and keeping limber. Regular practice leads to longevity, which includes keeping the joints supple and the body and mind in tune. It is a meditation form by itself, although it has been practiced as a balance between sitting meditation and martial arts {wai-gung}, for practitioners of those two systems. It has its roots in Taoist practice, and Buddhist monastic practices, as well as Yin-Yang and 5 Element Chinese philosophies.

My teachers have included Bert Norgorden, Charlie Willow, and Ben Lo. I have studied the related forms for staff and sword, and push hands, as well as Chen style and Liou Ho Ba Fa, which inform my Yang style, although I concentrate on Yang style, and still practice T'ai Chi sword.

Print Print | Sitemap
© Albuquerque Iwama Aikido