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Irene H. Swanson, Shihan, is an instructor in the martial art of Matsuno Ryu Goshinjitsu and the director of the Kodenkan Center. She began her study of Matsuno Ryu Goshinjitsu in the mid-eighties under Vinson K Holck, Shihan. She received her Shodan in 1989 from the Kodenkan Yudanshakai. Then began training in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu under Barry Holck, Shihan. In 1998, she received her Nidan in Danzan Ryu under Mark Fitzsimons-Cahn, Sensei. In the same year, after intensive Bokkendo training, Shihan received her instructor certification in the art of Kodenkan Bokkendo from Meleana Tomooka, Shihan.

In addition, she trains at the Yamakawa dojo under Mark Gettings, Shihan, in kenjutsu (sword techniques). She currently holds the rank of Sandan in Shin Shin Sekiguichi Ryu Batto Jutsu, which was awarded to her by Yamada, Soke. Shihan also trains in Karate, which she incorporated into her Cardio Karate, a conditioning exercise program, taught here at The Academy. Before her involvement with this dojo, Irene Swanson, Shihan, taught Matsuno Ryu Goshinjitsu for many years through the Catalina Foothills school district. Over the years, Shihan has coached quite a number of successful competition teams in both Jujitsu and Karate. During the day, Sensei works for a water utility as a GIS Analyst.



Guillermo Uribe, Sensei, practiced competitive Judo while in College. He joined the Kodenkan Yudanshakai in 1999 as a beginner. In 2005, he received his 1st degree black belt in Matsunoryu Goshinjitsu from Irene Swanson, Shihan. In 2007 he was promoted to 2nd degree black belt also under Shihan Swanson. He received his 3rd degree in 2010 and his 4th degree in 2014. Sensei Uribe is the Assistant Instructor in the Tuesday and Thursday Matsunoryu Goshinjitsu class.

Sensei also helps out with our pre-school program, Little Dragons, when his time permits. Sensei Uribe holds a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics and works for the University of Arizona. His wife and two daughters also practice jujitsu at the Kodenkan Center and hold also black belt ranks.



Angelica Villarruel, Sensei, is the Assistant Instructor in the Tuesday and Thursday Kids class. She is also one of the Assistant Instructors in the Little Dragons program. Sensei Villarruel started her training in Matsunoryu Goshinjitsu under Irene Swanson, Shihan, in 1997. In 2006 she received her 1st degree black belt. In January of 2009, Angelica was promoted to second degree black belt; in addition to she was awarded the title Sensei. She was promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in January 2016.

Over the years, Angelica has competed successfully in several jujitsu kata tournaments. Angelica has a Masters Degree in MIS from the University of Arizona. She enjoys her family, hiking, exercising and helping in any capacity that she can. Sensei Villarruel sees the martial arts as a great tool to promote patience, self-discipline and respect.



Suzanne Chapman Sensei is an instructor and practitioner in the martial art of Goju Ryu. In 1997, she began her study of the martial art with Teuro Chinen Sensei. Sensei Chapman received her Shodan in the summer of 2004 and her Nidan in the summer of 2006. Suzanne Chapman, Sensei has taught the Little Dragon�s class for the last 2 years. She received her shodan in Matsunoryu Jujitsu under Shihan Irene Swanson in January 2016. Suzanne has studied art all her live and in 1992 received a MFA in studio art. Sensei Suzanne is excided to share the martial arts and fine arts with all her students.