Central Aikido Board | Instructors & Officers

Central Aikido is directed and managed by the governance of a Board of Officers composed of the Head Instructor and other instructors, UCM student officers, assigned officer positions and occasional advisors to fill needs to the board. The members of the board are highly dedicated to the advancement of the dojo and it's members, taking as their primary focus and priority to forge and maintain a unity within the dojo through technical standards for all members, a clear direction for growth and a clear pathway for the continuity of our high standards of practice.



Chief Instructor  Clifford Fuller
Instructor  Thomas Burden
President  Dakota Quick
Vice President  Hanna Luechtefeld
Treasurer  Jesse Holmes
Faculty Advisor  Brianna Nesbitt

Cliff Fuller, shodan
Head Instructor email

Fuller Sensei began his training in aikido originally in 1981 under the direction of Linda Lee Vecchio, Shihan. From his start at Aikido of Cleveland, he has since studied aikido at the Midwest Aikido Center in Chicago under Akira Tohei, Shihan, as well as Blue Springs Aikido and Kansas City Aikido, both in Kansas City Missouri. He is the co-founder of Central Aikido and is privileged to also be the head instructor of Rolla Aikido, Aikido of St. Joseph and Lakeshore Aikido. He has close ties and still receives direction from Vecchio Sensei (7th dan) as well as Larry Graham, Shidoin (5th dan). He has additionally studied aikido under a great many exceptional shihan and shidoin.


Tom Burden, shodan
Instructor, Dojo-cho    email facebook

Tom began studying Aikido in 1991 under Vic Montgomery Sensei of Midland Ki Society, where he studied for approximately two years. After an extended hiatus he returned to aikido and co-founded Central Aikido with Fuller Sensei and joined the USAF where he studied, with Fuller Sensei, under Chang sensei (6th dan) for three years. He was the Club President and Dojo-cho for the first 5 years of the club. In his years of training, Tom is privileged to have received instruction from many great instructors in the US Aikido Federation and beyond. Aside from aikido Tom has also studied Jeet Kune Do and Kenpo, with some meddlings in Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu.


                          ~ O-Sensei

Our Lineage

Morihei Ueshiba, Founder

Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th Dan

Linda Lee Vecchio, 7th Dan

Central Aikido    UCM Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Warrensburg MO, 64093    660-429-9151    dojocho@centralaikido.org