PRINCE OF THE GHASSANIDS
Gharios 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, still active today 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 fame) 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.
Since 2003 is a direct student of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 8o.Dan (one of the few direct disciple of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba still alive).
Holds the 5th (fifth)Dan (degree black belt) in Aikido by Yamada Sensei (on record in the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan) and holds the title of Shidoin (Professor recognized) also holds black belts in Karate and Kobudo (Japanese weapons).
Alnuman Gharios El Chemor