Our Instructors

We offer high quality instruction in a challenging, peaceful, patient environment.

Chuck VanDine

HONBU DOJO-CHO; GO DAN

Chuck's training began in 2001 with basic Aikido and AiKiJutsu and progressed into training with the Jinenkan Organization where he achieved the rank of Ni Dan. Chuck has his Master's Degree in Accounting and proudly served in the Army National Guard where he provided relief during Hurricane Katrina and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a licensed NRA Firearms Instructor and Certified NRA Trained Safety Officer.

Doug Sunnenberg

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; GO DAN

Doug's martial arts journey began in 1991 and he has been ranked a Sho Dan with the Bujinkan Organization and a Ni Dan with the Jinenkan Organization. He is retired from Ford Motor Company after 32 years of service and his formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. He is very involved with the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite. Doug is a certified NRA rifle, pistol and shotgun instructor.

Sam Foster

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; YON DAN


Sam's martial arts training is extensive and he has achieved the following ranks: Cho Dan in Tae Kwon Do, Brown Belt with the Bujinkan and a Ni Dan with the Jinenkan. Sam also continues to train in archery and European fencing, specifically the epee and schlager.

James Sutton

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; YON DAN

His interest in martial arts began as a young boy and he explored Moo Du Kwan, Aikido, and Aikijutsu. He has achieved the rank of Ni Dan in both the Bujinkan and Jinenkan Organizations. James works as a Physician Assistant in emergency medicine.

Brittney Mooney

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; SAN DAN

Brittney began her training at the age of 6 in Tae Kwon Do and would achieve the rank of Second Degree Black Belt. She works as a culinary professional.

John Chrisman

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; SAN DAN

John has been training in martial arts since 1989 and also has history training as a Sho Dan in the Bujinkan Organization as a San Dan with the Jinenkan Organization. Professionally, John works as a Mechanical Designer and Project Engineer for a robotics company.

Matt Wooton

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; SAN DAN

Matt is very active with the kids class. His training began as an adult and he has explored Kali/Escrima Systems, Muay Thai and Japanese Karatedo. Matt has his MBA, studied materials science engineering and is employed as a Project Manager in the defence industry.

Todd Engelman

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; NI DAN

Todd dedicated a lot of his time as an instrctor with the kids class. His training experience began when he was in middle school and includes Tae Kwon Do and Aikido. Todd is a Lt. Col. in the Air Force Auxiliary and earned the Highest Award for Valor in 2005. He hold a Master's Degree in military operations with joint warfare specialization and works as an Aerospace Engineer with the United States Air Force.

Chris Zapata

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; NI DAN

Chris's training started as a teenager in martial arts in Kick Boxing, Kenpo, Kali and Muy Thai. He stepped away from martial arts in his late twenties and started with the Gi Yu Dojo in his forties and has reached the rank of Ni Dan. Chris is a retired Fire Department Captain and Firefighter Paramedic and now works as a Fire Inspector. His philosophy is there are no shortcuts in life, you have to put in the time and hard work to get what you want.

Adam Ciarlariello

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; SHO DAN

Adam is very helpful with the kids class. He has extensive experience with coaching and athletics in track and field and football professionally. Adam has worked as a Teacher, Principle, and in the Office of the Superintendent.

Dr. Andreas Syllaba

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; SHO DAN

Andreas’s martial arts journey started with Tang Soo Do and later Aikido. When Andreas first started training at The Gi Yu Kyo Kai over 8 years ago, he discovered something deeper and that historically precedes these other arts: the ancient lineages of KoRyu/ KoBudo that have been faithfully transmitted through and to our master instructor, Sensei Sukh Sandhu, Kancho. Andreas' training philosophy is that attention to the small things creates life-changing results. Professionally, Andreas has credentials in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine practicing the art and science of Osteopathic Medicine and is adept as an interventional pain physician.

Mary Ellen Smith

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR; SHO DAN

Mary Ellen started Martial arts in highschool studying Taekwondo and continued her training through college. She came back to the martial arts community in 2015 when she found the Gi Yu Dojo. Four years later she achieved ShoDan (1st degree Black Belt). Mary Ellen holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Civil Engineering. She is currently a Project Engineer for a large convenience store company. Mary Ellen’s philosophy on training is: “Try to hold a ‘beginners mind’ and learn from everyone because you will become incrementally better each time you train both physically and mentally.”

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The Gi Yu Dojo

The Gi Yu Dojo and Sukh Sandhu Martial Arts are affiliates of the Gi Yu Dojo Kyo Kai