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Aishinkan Instructors

Marc Fox is the owner and chief instructor of Aishinkan Dojo. Marc began his martial arts training in 1974 and holds teaching ranks of 6th dan Taiho Jutsu, 6th dan Aikido, 4th dan Tang Soo Do, Guro Babao Arnis, and 4th Dan Cacoy Doce Pares. He also trains in Arnis, Kali and Shinto Muso Ryu, and has studied the arts of Dan Zan Ryu, Yoshin Ryu and Chinese Kenpo. His teachers include Chuck Clark, Tom Snowden, Dan Nolan, Phil Relnick, Narrie Babao, Bayani Abueg, Cacoy Canete and Dennis Estes. Marc is a retired police officer and has been a law enforcement use of force trainer for the past 28 years. Marc is a certified instructor in defensive tactics, techniques of arrest and control, the use of force, the use of chemical agents, the use of less lethal weapons and the use of firearms. He has consulted for the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) and for various organizations as a subject matter expert in use of force, officer safety, and police tactics. Marc currently teaches defensive tactics and various violence prevention programs at San Diego State University and at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Center. He has received numerous commendations for his violence prevention programs and professionalism, including one from the California State Senate.

Russell Dehnel, Ph.D., is an instructor at Aishinkan and holds the rank of 4rd dan Aikido. Russell is a clinical psychologist and is the owner of his own consulting practice, "Excellence Within Reach." Russell is a specialist in the area of expertise and expert performance and is a consultant to non-profit organizations and their staff and volunteer leadership as these organizations strive for excellence.