Instructors


Robert Laiks – 6th Dan

 

Bob began training with Shiohira Shihan in 1974. He has also had the pleasure of training with a number of excellent Shihans including: Koichi Tohei, Shinichi Suzuki, Shizuo Imaizumi, Koretoshi Maruyama, Takeki Tsuboi, Yasuo Kobayashi, Fumio Toyoda, Rod Kobayashi, Harry Ishisaka, and others. He has been teaching for over 25 years, and currently teaches the Thursday class. He also practices Yoga.

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Amy Steiner – 5th Dan

 

Amy Steiner, 5th dan, began training in 1976 with Shiohira Shihan. She also trained with Koichi Tohei, Shinichi Suzuki, Fumio Toyoda, Shizuo Imaizumi, Koretoshi Maruyama, and others. She practiced Tai Chi with Ben Lo, yoga with Susan Brannum, and Pilates with Carie Matthias. She continues to practice these disciplines on her own. Her introduction to mind/body awareness training was from Swami Ganeshanad, a Crea Yoga master.

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Aaron Vick – 5th Dan

 

Began training in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989. He has been with Shiohira Shihan since 1997. He also trains at the Palo Alto Aikido Center. Instructor.

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Sean English – 3rd Dan

 

Sean has been teaching Tuesday classes since 1997. He began training with Shiohira Shihan in 1990. He has also had the pleasure of training with a number of excellent Shihans including: Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, Hiroshi Tada, Shinichi Suzuki, Shizuo Imaizumi, Takeki Tsuboi, and others. He is a practicing chronic pain therapist in the bay area. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1987.

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Shima Harada – 3rd Dan

 

 

Shima began training under Shiohira Shihan in 1997. She owns her own CPA practice.