Our Assistant Instructors


Jay Hartley

Aikido - 4th Dan

Shinkendo - Ji-i / Chuden Renshi

Dr. Jay Hartley started training at Aikido of Livermore in 1992. He holds the rank of 4th degree black belt in Aikido and advanced yudansha ranks in Shinkendo. In addition to assisting with adult classes, Jay leads our children's program. Outside of the martial arts, Jay holds a PhD in Applied Science from UC Davis and is a software architect.



Ujwal Setlur

Aikido - 3rd Dan

Dr. Ujwal Setlur started training in Aikido in 1995 and and became a member of Aikido of Livermore in 1997. He holds the  rank of 3rd degree black belt in Aikido. Ujwal helps with both adult classes and the children’s program. Ujwal is still trying to perfect katate-dori tenkan, which in his opinion encompasses all the Aikido principles. Outside of the martial arts, Ujwal is an avid hiker and budding mountaineer having scaled his first mountain in 2021. Ujwal holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and is a CTO at a tech startup.