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Instructors and Senior Black Belts



Hideki Shiohira - 7th Dan Shihan

Hideki Shiohira Began training at Waseda University, Tokyo in 1967. He has been teaching in the San Francisco bay area since 1973. He is founder and chief instructor of the Pacific Aikido Federation.

Don Stratton - 6th Dan Shihan

Don Stratton Began training in Southern California in 1970. He has been with Shiohira Shihan since 1974. He is chief instructor of the Santa Rosa Aikido Center.

Robert Laiks - 6th Dan

Robert Laiks Began training at the San Francisco Aikido Center in 1974 under Shiohira Shihan. He is the senior instructor.

Taku Tokuyasu - 6th Dan

Taku Tokuyasu Began training in Chicago in 1987. He has been training under Shiohira Shihan since 1994. He trains at the San Francisco Aikido Center.

Walt Peterson - 6th Dan

Walt Peterson Began training in Santa Rosa, California in 1974 with Stratton Sensei, a student of Shiohira Shihan. He was the first student at the Santa Rosa Aikido Center.

Chris Kuszmaul - 6th Dan

Chris Kuszmaul Began training in 1985 at the MIT Aikido Club in Massachusetts. He has been with Shiohira Shihan at the Mountain View Aikido Center since 1988. Instructor.

Greg Barker - 6th Dan

Greg Barker Began training in Northern California in 1971. He has been with Shiohira Shihan since 1979. He is chief instructor of Cuesta Aikido.

Amy Steiner - 5th Dan

Amy Steiner Began training at the San Francisco Aikido Center in 1976 under Shiohira Shihan. Instructor.

Antone Gonsalves - 5th Dan

Antone Gonsalves Began training in 1985 in Los Angeles with Furuya Sensei. He has been with Shiohira Shihan at the San Francisco Aikido Center since 2007. Instructor.

Neil Toda - 5th Dan

Neil Toda Began training at the San Francisco Aikido Center with Shiohira Shihan in 1982. He is the chief instructor of the Tri Valley Dojo and also trains at the Mountain View Aikido Center.

Aaron Vick - 5th Dan

Aaron Vick Began training in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989. He has been with Shiohira Shihan since 1997. He trains at the Mountain View Aikido Center. Instructor.

Kumar Reddy - 5th Dan

Kumar Reddy Began training in France in 1992. He has been with Shiohira Shihan since 2000. He trains at the Mountain View Aikido Center. Instructor.

Phil Groat - 5th Dan

Phil Groat Began training at the Santa Rosa Aikido Center in 1981 with Don Stratton Sensei, a student of Shiohira Shihan.

Janferie Stone - 5th Dan

Janferie Stone Began training at Mendocino Aikido in 1986 during its opening year with Levine Sensei, a student of Shiohira Shihan. She is now the chief instructor of Mendocino Aikido.

Chris Garner - 4th Dan

Chris Garner Began training in San Francisco in 1997 with Sharp Sensei, a student of Shiohira Shihan. He has been training directly with Shiohira Shihan since 2003 at the San Francisco Aikido Center. Instructor. He also holds the rank of nidan in Eishin Ryu Iaido.

Dean Koyama - 4th Dan

Dean Koyama Began training in Sacramento, California in 1974 with Tri Sensei. He also trained in Japan for five years. He has been with Shiohira Shihan at the Mountain View Aikido Center since 2003.

Mike Roberts - 4th Dan

Mike Robers He began his training in 1981 at the age of 15 in the Bay Area with Pietro Maeda Sensei, a student of Shiohira Shihan. The following year he continued his practice directly with Shiohira Shihan. He trains at the Mountain View Aikido Center and looks forward happily to lifelong training in the way of Aikido.

Prashant Rangnekar - 4th Dan

Prashant Rangnekar Began training at the Mountain View Aikido Center in 1997 under Shiohira Shihan. Instructor. He also holds the rank of shodan in Goju-Ryu Karatedo.

Tammy Anderson - 4th Dan

Tammy Anderson Began training in California in 1982. She has been with Shiohira Shihan since 2003. She is the chief instructor of Shinzen Dojo - Clovis Aikido.

Sean English - 3rd Dan

Sean English Began training at the Mountain View Aikido Center in 1989 under Shiohira Shihan. He currently trains at the San Francisco Aikido Center and is an instructor.

Steve Scott - 3rd Dan

Steve Scott Began training under Shiohira Shihan in November 1981 at the Mountain View Aikido Center. Instructor. He also teaches Kyudo in which he holds the rank of Renshi 6th Dan. He is grateful to Sensei for his clear, common-sense explanations of the internal principles that underlie all the martial and fine arts of Japan.

Victor Leitman - 3rd Dan

Victor Leitman Began training in 1990 in St. Petersburg in the former Soviet Union. After moving to the United States he has been with Shiohira Shihan at the Mountain View Aikido Center since 1999. Instructor. He also holds the rank of shodan in Toyama Ryu Iaido.

Shima Harada - 3rd Dan

Shima Harada Began training at the San Francisco Aikido Center in 1998 under Shiohira Shihan. Instructor.

Carlos Villalobos - 3d Dan

Carlos Villalobos Began training in 2002 with Shiohira Shihan at the Mountain View Aikido Center. Instructor.

Ed Schmollinger - 3d Dan

Ed Schmollinger Began training in 2004 in Madison, Wisconsin. That same year he moved to California and began training with Shiohira Shihan. He trains at the Mountain View Aikido Center. Instructor.

Ron Hsi - 1st Dan

Ron Hsi Began training in 1999 at the Tri Valley Dojo with McClelland Sensei, a student of Shiohira Shihan. He has been the senior instructor of the Tri Valley Dojo since 2005.