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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

May 8, 2018

Most —  if not all — martial artists appreciate the community in which they study. Wade Pitt’s guest today, Rob Schenk, enjoyed it so much that when the head instructor decided to potentially shut down the studio he was studying at (due to their age), he stepped up — not only as an instructor — but to run the studio. At the time, Rob was already running his own business in IT services but managed to juggle both his love for Aikido and the growth of his company.


Rob first got serious about the martial arts in his late 20s after discovering an Aikido Dojo in the Bay Area. He’s now been practicing Aikido for over 20 years — all the while running the studio and his IT company, Intivix.


Tune in to hear more about Rob’s story — his background in the martial arts, how he came to run an Aikido School, where he sees the sport headed, how he has maintained growth in his IT company, and the difference he has spotted between Aikido in Japan and in America since traveling.


Key Takeaways:

[:43] About Wade’s guest today, Rob Schenk.

[1:26] Welcoming Rob to the podcast!

[1:39] About Rob’s background in the martial arts.

[4:12] The progression from student to instructor to helping run the studio.

[7:50] About Rob’s recent opportunity to travel to Japan (the home country of Aikido) and about his experience there.

[9:53] The differences between his experiences with Aikido in Japan vs. America.

[12:55] How Rob’s martial arts practices translate into his personal and professional life.

[14:13] About the company Rob founded and runs on a day-to-day basis.

[15:33] Rob’s background prior to starting his company.

[18:47] How has Rob maintained the growth trajectory that he’s had since establishing his IT company?

[23:11] Where does Rob see Aikido headed in the future?

[27:03] Where to find Rob online.

[27:44] It’s a small world! What Rob and Wade happen to have in common.

[28:08] Rob’s parting words he’d like to impart to listeners.


Rob Schenk’s Links:

Aikido Institute of San Francisco