June 2nd 11:30am – 1:00pm
Robert Kamka began his Aikido training at the Chicago Aikikai in April of 1999 after being inspired from seeing the Steven Seagal movies “Above the law” and “Hard to Kill.” Through the teachings of the late Kevin Choate Sensei, Robert earned his Shodan (1st degree black belt) from Mitsuge Saotome Sensei, and later, under the teaching of Len Sly Sensei, earned his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) from Larry Reynosa Sensei.
While studying Aikido, Robert has traveled across the country to participate in numerous seminars and training camps to enhance his understanding of Aikido, as well as to cross-train in other arts such as Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, the Russian Martial Art Systema, and Ninjutsu. Although Robert respects the traditions of old, he believes that martial arts should evolve in order to be practical for today’s world. This led him to train exclusively with Len Sly Sensei and contribute to the development of the Combative Concepts system which he currently studies.
Robert lives in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, and works as a computer systems administrator for DePaul University. He enjoys several hobbies and activities that include snowboarding, billiards, and competitive firearms shooting.