Resident Faculty

Mahipal Lunia, Sensei

Menkyo, Founder of MOUNTAIN View Aiki Kai

Bay Area, California

Climber. Photographer. Mythology buff. 

Lunia Sensei weaves together his deep passion of somatics, neuroscience and mythology to his teaching of martial arts. He empowers students to connect the dots and find their personal expression of the principles he teaches.

In addition to holding ranks in Shotokan Karate,  Kenpo, Wushu and KAR, Lunia Sensei continues to be a keen student of the Aiki Arts,  Chinese Internal Martial Arts (CIMA)  and Filipino Martial Arts (FMA).


Ben Thul, Sensei


Bay Area, California

Puzzle geek. Science podcast enthusiast.

Originally from Minnesota, Thul Sensei moved to the Bay Area in 2015, along with his affable dry wit. He has been training under Lunia Sensei and assisting him with the dojo since. Thul Sensei's strong emphasis on form and applications of the system gets students eager and motivated to learn the mechanics of the art.

His current field of study is with MVAK.