Shuryukan Yoshinkai Aikido

Better Living Subdivision, Paranaque City

MEL VILLAREAL, SYA DIRECTOR AND CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

He began his formal studies in martial arts in the 80's and Aikido in 2000 under the direction of Mr. Flor Bisin & Mr. Alvin Valero and took over the day to day operations of the dojo upon Mr. Bisin’s retirement in March 2005. This is around the same time Mel met Mr. Steven Miranda of the Aikido Yoshinkai Foundation (AYF) Seikeikan dojo in the USA.  Mel was first introduced to Yoshinkan Aikido by Black Panther Yoshinkai Aikido, Manila while at home in the Philippines in January 2005, however the dojo’s first affiliation with Yoshinkan Aikido came in 2004, while under the direction of Mr. Bisin. The dojo was affiliated with Mr. David Dye of the AYF Shuyokan dojo in the USA and the International Shuyokan Aikido Federation.  With the support of his wife, and to further his study and understanding of Yoshinkan Aikido, Mel made two very significant trips. The first was in March of 2006 when he went to Japan and trained at the Yoshinkan Honbu dojo and at the Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu dojo where he was tested and awarded 6th kyu by Tsuneo Ando Shihan.  While visiting the honbu dojo, Mel was also privileged to observe proper testing protocols as administered by Inoue Kancho and Chida Dojocho, the former director and chief instructor. The second event took place in 2007 when Mel visited Mr. Sonny Loke, Yoshinkan 6th dan, while vacationing in Malaysia. Mel spent several days training at Mr. Loke’s dojo  Upon meeting all the requirements of his advisors and the honbu dojo, and at the recommendation of Mr. Miranda in May 2008, Mel was awarded his shodan and level 6 instructor certificates by the Yoshinkan Honbu dojo, making him the first AYF registered instructor in Saudi Arabia with grading authority to 4th kyu. 

In November 2009, Shuryukan organized a workshop and sponsored Amos Lee Parker Shihnan, Yoshinkan Aikido 9th Dan (the highest ranking non-Japanese Aikido Master) to the Kingdom of Bahrain, along with Steven Miranda Sensei, 5th Dan (AYF).  During this time, Mel tested in front of Parker Shihan and Miranda  Sensei, and was advanced to nidan and had his instructor level upgraded to Level 5, giving him grading authority to 1st kyu in Yoshinkan Aikido.

In addition, Mel and his team has conducted many public demonstrations in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco and King Fahad Military Complex, and the Filipino Communities to name a few.