Panagiotis Agrios was born in Athens, in 1975. Ηe practiced sports from a very young age, starting with boxing while his first contact with martial arts begun with judo, at the age of 17. A member of the sports club “Panellinios”, he was a student of Athanassios Kaparos.
After completing his studies in Conservation of antiquities and his military service, he became involved in the art of Aikido. The diversity of Aikido in relation to what he had studied until that point led him to make it a part of his life and train intensively from that point on.
Shortly before earning his black belt, he makes his first trip to Japan and remains as an enclosed student of Kazuo Igarashi Sensei. Returning to Greece, he realizes how crucial this experience was to him and decides that he wants to pursue a professional career in Aikido.
He begun studying the Japanese language in order to further familiarise himself with the Japanese culture and the next year he visits Japan once more. By acquiring a deeper knowledge of the Japanese culture, he focuses in contacting and getting accepted at the oldest school of Japanese swordsmanship called Katori Shintō-ryū. After years of trying, he finally started training under Erik Louw Menkyo Katori, Holland Shidosha, thus directly linking our dojo with the only remaining master of Katori Shintō-ryū, Risuke Otake Shihan.
In October 2014, in Amsterdam, Panagiotis Agrios took the traditional blood oath (keppan) in the presence of Nomutoshi Otake, marking him officially as a member of the Katori Shintō-ryū family.
From this point on, he pursues training in Aikido, participating in local and international seminars and teaching in his own Aikido dojo, the Athens Bushido Center. Currently he holds the rank of 4th Dan in Aikido, 1st Dan in Judo and 1st Dan in Jiu Jitsu. He is a certified trainer of Jiu Jitsu from the General Secretariat of Sports and a Certified instructor of Aikido (Shidoin).
He also has the rank of Master Usui Reiki and he is an instructor for the voluntary KETHEA Aikido Learning Program for female inmates of the Thiva penitentiary facilities.
George Alessios was born in 1975. He was first acquainted with the world of sports through Greco-roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling, which he practiced from 1984 to 1986. He then studied other martial arts and in the end, he chose Aikido.
Since 2004, he has been systematically trained in the art of Aikido, where he holds a 3rd Dan rank.
On the same time, he was also trained in the art of Judo, next to Athanassios Kaparos Sensei and he has received the rank of 1st Dan. He is currently training in Athens Bushido Center and teaches at Shuren Dojo.
Raphael Prifti was born in 1989 and he was interested in martial arts from a very young age. He has been practicing Aikido for the past 7 years, as it is the art which won him over so next to Panagiotis Agrios Sensei he reached the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan) Aikikai.
He has also received the title of Fukushidoin, a rank certifying that he can act as an assistant instructor, on an international level and teach at UAD dojos. Raphael is an assistant instructor in Athens Bushido Center as well as an instructor at the Masagatsu Dojo.