Galen began Aikido in 2001, studying briefly at New York Aikikai before moving to Burlington, Vermont where he began training with his root teacher Ben Pincus Sensei, 6th Dan (6th degree blackbelt), chief instructor at Aikido of Champlain Valley and Cloud Mountain Living Arts & Aikido. Galen received his 2nd Dan from Donovan Waite Shihan, 7th Dan, of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) in 2016 at the Twin Cities Aikido Center.
Galen’s practice and teaching are also deeply informed by the two years he spent at Boulder Aikikai in Colorado training and studying with Tres Hofmeister Sensei, 7th Dan, of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU). It was there that Galen was also introduced by Tres to the Feldenkrais Method®, which led him to pursue and complete a training program in that discipline as well.
Growing from the physicality and spirit of Ben Sensei’s Aikido, Galen has been strongly influenced by the vision of Aikido articulated and practiced by T.K. Chiba Shihan, 8th Dan, (founder of Birankai International), a direct student of O-Sensei.
Galen is currently seeking further instruction and training from Robert Savoca Sensei, 6th dan, chief instructor of Brooklyn Aikikai.
From 2011-2018 Galen trained at the Twin Cities Aikido Center where he began teaching in 2013. He feels a deep gratitude to all of his teachers and generous sempai who continue to share their practice and teaching with him, enriching his own.
When not at the dojo—or the clinic where he works as a Psychotherapist and Feldenkrais Practitioner, Galen is learning about being a person from his daughter Alma and his wife Hannah.