Guillermo Gomez, the founder of Aikido Sarasota Aikikai and Martial Fusion, started training Aikido in 1988 with Nelson Requena Sensei 7th Dan Aikikai at Venezuela Aikikai, and received his Shodan (first-degree black belt) in 1996 from Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 8th Dan New York Aikikai.
In 1997 Guillermo obtained a marketing and advertising degree from IUNP in Caracas, while simultaneously completing an internship at AW Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising as a creative writer. After moving to Miami, Florida, he continued practicing and teaching Aikido at international events in countries including Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador. In addition, Guillermo has trained with Christian Tissier Sensei 8th Dan Aikikai at seminars in Japan, Russia, and Romania.
Fluent in Spanish and English, Guillermo has extensive world travel experience, from healing shamanic rituals in the Amazon Jungle to China's legendary Shaolin Temple. In addition, he collaborates with multiple law enforcement agencies, military personnel, and international organizations throughout Europe and the Americas. He is a 6th Dan in Aikido by Aikikai Hombu Dojo (Tokyo, Japan).