"Sensei" Gharios (Guerios) started in the martial arts (Judo) with only 4 years old, initially forced by his father. After that, fell in love with the Asian culture and all its aspects.
Studied also Kung Fu, several styles of Karate, European fencing, Japanese swordsmanship, Jiu-Jistu, Kali Silat, Kobudo and his passion, the Aikido.
Started Aikido in 1986 and became an instructor for beginners in 1991. Got his black belt in 1992 being registered in Japan in 1993. In the same year founded the Shinken Institute, active until 2017 operating schools of Aikido and Japanese Culture in five cities in Brazil.
One of the masters who most influenced him was Steven Seagal being Seagal's direct disciple, business associate and personal friend for 5 years (1997-2002). Gharios was the only teacher in South America to have such a relationship directly with Seagal.
Steven Seagal, well known star of Hollywood is also a master of various martial arts styles and 7th. degree black belt in Aikido, and was (before the fame) the first Westerner to own and operate a school on Japanese soil.
In 1999, received "The Sports Merit" a governmental award for his work for the martial arts. From 2003 until 2017 was a direct student of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 8o.Dan (one of the few direct disciple of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba still alive). Was pioneer, being personally responsible for the promotion of Aikido (Aikikai) in Curitiba (Parana, Brazil) from 1991 until 2010. Is responsible for forming dozens of black-belt instructors that are active today all over Brazil. In 2020, was inducted in the in the Martial Arts Hall of Honors during the largest martial arts event in the world, the Mega Martial Arts Hall of Honors 20th Anniversary at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.
In 2021, has received the AOF Icon award from the Action On Film International Film Festival, also known as the Action On Film Festival. The AOF Icon award was received by many Hollywood starts and world class martial artists like: David Carradine, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock, Don “the dragon” Wilson, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Art Camacho, Michael Jay White, Nick Mancuso, Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Bill Duke, Bob Wall, John Saxson, Kim Coates, etc.
In the same year, was inducted in the Grandmasters Hall of Fame of the World Martial Arts Masters Association counting on several major names in the international martial arts as Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Ip Man, Royce Gracie, Samuel Kwok, Randy Couture, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, Steven Seagal, Don Wilson, Al Dacascos, Cynthia Rothrock, Ron Van Clief, Keith Vitali, etc.
In 2022, was inducted to the prestigious International Sports Hall of Fame, founded by Dr. Robert Goldman and co-hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The list of inductees is beyond stellar starting with the co-host himself Arnold Schwarzenegger, the godfather of fitness Jack LaLanne, 5 time World Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield, UFC world champions like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Ronda Rousey, Bas Rutten, WWE’s Paul “Triple H” Levesque, action movie stars like Jason Statham, Michael Jay White, Cynthia Rothrock, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson; bodybuilder legends like Dr. Franco Columbu, Lee Haney, Lou Ferrigno; amazing sports’ icons like Johnny Damon, Eddie George, Hershel Walker, Marcus Allen, Peter Westbrook, Earl Monroe, Johnny Bench, and martial arts’ references like GGM Ernie Reyes, AnnMaria DeMars, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez and Billy Blanks.
Is a "Shihan" (Grandmaster) holding the 8th Dan (degree of black-belt) in Aikibudo, 5th Dan in Aikido (certified by the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan) 5th Dan in Combat Hapkido (recognized by the World Kido Federation in Korea) and also holds black belts in Karate and Kobudo (Japanese weapons).
Is the "Soke" (Founder) of the Shinken-Ryu Aikibudo 真剣流合気武道 "The Samurai Art of the 21st Century" LEARN MORE HERE
Since 1997, Sensei Gharios studies "Sho-Do" (the art of the Japanese calligraphy) below some of his artworks.
PRINCE OF THE GHASSANIDS
H I S I M P E R I A L A N D R O Y A L H I G H N E S S
Al-Numan Gharios El Chemor