Florida Aikikai Members

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Shichidan

P⋅Bernath

Peter Bernath

Chief instructor Peter Bernath is an Shichidan (7th degree black belt) and Shihan (master teacher) awarded by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, and a member of the Technical Committee of the USAF. Sensei Bernath also holds a Shodan in Iaido.

Sensei Bernath started his Aikido career in 1972 under the direction of Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th dan, chief instructor of New York Aikikai and Chairman of the USAF. Yamada Sensei was an uchi deshi (live-in student) of O Sensei and is one of the most respected and influential Aikido teachers in the world today.

Sensei Bernath was an instructor at New York Aikikai prior to being sent to open Florida Aikiaki by Yamada Sensei. Mr. Bernath has traveled extensively throughout the world including Japan and has been fortunate to study under many of O Sensei's most famous disciples, including Kisshomaru and Moriteru Ueshiba, the second and third Doshu (leader of Aikido). Sensei Bernath is one of the most highly respected Aikido instructors in the United States and regularly teaches seminars throughout the USAF, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

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P⋅Bernath

Penny Bernath

Penny Bernath is a rokudan (6th degree black belt) and Shidoin (certified teacher) awarded by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, and a member of the USAF Board of Governors.

Penny Sensei started Aikido in 1973 in Hollywood, Florida with Steve House Sensei. She soon became a student of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei and also studied under many of O Sensei's direct students, including T.K. Chiba Sensei and Mitsunari Kanai Sensei. One of the most senior female teachers in the United States, Penny Sensei regularly teaches at seminars throughout the country.

Penny Sensei is an Education Content Producer for Fort Lauderdale's local PBS affiliate and, as such, the creator of a new online training for pre-kindergarten teachers called KidVision VPK.

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H⋅McCormick

Harry McCormick

Harry McCormick began practicing Aikido with Yamada Sensei in 1966. Harry is an artist and worked out of a studio upstairs from the New York Aikikai dojo for many years. When he married and started a family, he moved to Boca Raton and has been practicing at Florida Aikikai ever since. His son Sean, 9, also practices Aikido.

T⋅Baig

Tariq Baig

M⋅Patino

Mike Patino

M⋅Haskins

Motier Haskins

E⋅Herzog

Emmanuel Herzog

Sensei Emmanuel Herzog is a 5th Dan aikido instructor with over 24 years of Aikido practice and more than 15 years of teaching experience. Sensei Herzog is an instructor for Florida Aikikai main dojo at Fort Lauderdale, and also teaches at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center and at the Miramar Regional Park.

A⋅Peterson

Alex Peterson

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J⋅Shimonski

Jeff Shimonski

G⋅Nelson

Gene Nelson

Gene Nelson started practicing Aikido in 1991 under Sensei Bernath. He chose Aikido because he was attracted to the fluidity and beauty of the movement. He also trained in karate(Shotokan) for 16 years prior to his Aikido training, reaching the rank of nidan. He is currently employed as a police officer and also enjoys teaching.

M⋅Grover

Mike Grover

S⋅Eschenlauer

Silvia Eschenlauer

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G⋅Becart

Gini Becart

R⋅Gonzalez

Roger Gonzalez

Dr. Roger Geertz Gonzalez began training in Aikido in 1990 under Troy Ferguson at Aikikai International Inc. in Miami. From 1991 to 1993 he trained with Nelson Andujar at Miami Aikikai where he also studied Miyama Ryu Jujitsu. Since 1993 until the present, he has been studying and teaching Aikido at Florida Aikikai. Between 1999 and 2002, he was also co-instructor with David Hurtibise at Allegheny Aikikai in Pennsylvania where he also received his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Penn State University. While at Penn State he also studied Iaido, Kendo, and Chinese Bo Staff. Other martial arts he has studied include: Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo, and Karate.

J⋅Lowe

Janet Lowe

B⋅Riester

Bob Riester

R⋅Smith

Randall Smith

G⋅Streeter

Gerry Streeter

L⋅Almaguer

Luis Almaguer

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J⋅Del Castillo

Jorge Del Castillo

A⋅Edelestein

Andy Edelestein

S⋅Mayi

Sachin Mayi

Sachin Mayi started practicing Aikido in 1995. He currently holds the rank of nidan and has studied under Sensei Angel Alvarez and Sensei Peter Bernath. Sachin is the Founder and current CEO of Share-A-Pet Organization Inc., which provides pet assisted therapy to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and children's centers.

T⋅Pereyra

Tabatha Pereyra

R⋅Brodkin

Ron Brodkin

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A⋅Giri

Anne Marie Giri

Anne Marie Giri started training at Florida Aikikai in January 2000 while attending law school at Nova Southeastern University. She chose Aikido because she needed an outlet to handle the stress associated with her studies. As her training progressed, she discovered that aikido not only helps her with stress but also helps her maintain a more active and healthy lifestyle. Today, Anne Marie continues her aikido training while working as an attorney.

E⋅Delz

Ed Delz

R⋅Macpherson

Robert Macpherson

J⋅Marmol

Joe Marmol

A⋅Socia

Alex Socia

M⋅Yamaguchi

Mina Yamaguchi

Y⋅Sosa

Yordan Sosa

A⋅Adams

Alan Adams

S⋅Perlow

Steven Perlow

M⋅Marinelli

Marcelo Marinelli

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S⋅Oxford

Steve Oxford

J⋅Leff

John Leff

J⋅Nofil

James Nofil

V⋅Ortiz

Victor Ortiz

K⋅Lit

Keith Lit

N⋅Grozdanov

Nikolay Grozdanov

A⋅Obeidy

Andrew Obeidy

H⋅Reynolds

Helen Reynolds

D⋅Drown

Den Drown

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Z⋅Gart

Zach Gart

D⋅Edenburg

Dianna Edenburg

S⋅Mazzola

Stephen Mazzola

J⋅Pineros

Juan Pablo Pineros

J⋅Rice

John Rice

A⋅Yamschikov

Andrei Yamschikov

M⋅Abdel-Mottaleb

Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb

J⋅Pacheco

Jesus Pacheco

J⋅Yavneh

Jonathan Yavneh

M⋅Hommel

Martin Hommel

Member of Florida Aikikai since 1990. Retired police officer. Yudansha in jujitsu and karate.

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P⋅Macho

Pablo Macho

J⋅Madden

John Madden

R⋅Santos

Rolando Santos

A⋅Soloviev

Alexander Soloviev

R⋅Vazquez

Robert Vazquez

A⋅Mueller

Andy Mueller

R⋅Herreman

Roderick Herreman

I⋅Herzog

Isabel Herzog

B⋅Kardon

Brett Kardon

L⋅Giacchetti

Leo Giacchetti

F⋅Farahi

Foad Farahi

J⋅Jorge

Jason Jorge

D⋅Wright

Dudley (Harford) Wright

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B⋅Bashwinger

Bill Bashwinger

F⋅Bugueiro

Fernando Bugueiro

L⋅Dodds

Lee Dodds

K⋅Morrison

Kevin Morrison

D⋅Sage

Dean Sage

R⋅Shelton

Randy Shelton

K⋅Solon

Kim Solon

D⋅Weinstein

David Weinstein

R⋅Chamy

Ray Chamy

J⋅Edelstein

Joshua Edelstein

D⋅Flores

Dominic Flores

J⋅Moguillansky

Jay Moguillansky

O⋅Sokolova

Olga Sokolova

G⋅Leino

Gary Leino

D⋅Herak

Daniel Herak

D⋅McBride

Daniel McBride

C⋅Evrart

Corey Evrart

K⋅Solon

Kim Solon

R⋅Lookshin

Richard Lookshin

D⋅Miles

David Miles

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L⋅Huber

Lauren Huber

A⋅Gonzalez

Abel Gonzalez

J⋅De Ojeda

Job De Ojeda

C⋅Jones

Cephus Jones

J⋅Lester

Jeff Lester

J⋅Poole

Jeff Poole

D⋅Sage

David Sage

G⋅Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

D⋅Sedam

Dario Sedam

S⋅Virtue

Sean Virtue

M⋅Wolfert

Mike Wolfert

L⋅Merlain

Louis Merlain

S⋅Smith

Samantha Smith

S⋅Hair

Sarah Hair

J⋅Gentile

John Gentile

L⋅Gari

Lorenzo Gari

J⋅Colletto

Jeffrey Colletto

G⋅Rath Jr.

Gedeon Rath Jr.

R⋅Shaashoua

Rimon Shaashoua

C⋅Bakker

Cary Bakker

P⋅Carreno

Pablo Carreno

D⋅Jost

David Jost

C⋅Jost

Cindy Jost

C⋅Contouris

Clay Contouris

R⋅Lowe

Richard Lowe

V⋅Koll

Vladimir Koll

M⋅Bugarin

Michael Bugarin

M⋅Sasaki

Monica Sasaki

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O⋅Anderson

Oliver Anderson