Sensei Cong Nguyen grew up in Vietnam where he studied kung fu and kickboxing. He moved to the United States in 1987 and began studying Aikido with Sensei Yousuf Mehter at Aikido of Central New York in 1990. He holds the rank of sixth degree black belt from the United States Aikido Federation and is a certified Shidoin.
George Teufel has studied Aikido for 28 years, and was an instructor for 13 years at Aikido of Central New York in Syracuse. He has also conducted beginning Aikido classes in Fayetteville-Manlius High School while a teacher there. He holds the rank of third degree black belt from the United States Aikido Federation.