Didier Boyet - 7th Dan, Shihan

Didier Boyet - 7th Dan, Shihan

Boyet shihan began his study of aikido in 1972 under Tamura sensei. In 1977 he moved to Japan to follow Chiba sensei, and lived there for 39 years, practicing daily at Hombu dojo under such teachers as Doshu Ueshiba Kisshomaru, Osawa Kisaburo sensei, Yamaguchi sensei, Arikawa sensei and Shibata sensei. He also studied Muso Shinden Ryu iaido as a direct student of Mitsuzuka sensei. Boyet shihan currently lives in Paris, France, and teaches aikido and iaido throughout the world.

  Lizzy Lynn - 7th Dan, Shihan

Lizzy Lynn - 7th Dan, Shihan

Lynn shihan began her Aikido training in Chicago in 1971. Her primary teachers were A. Tohei sensei, T. K. Chiba sensei, and I. Shibata sensei. She spent four years in the kenshusei program at Berkeley Aikikai. She has taught Aikido for over thirty-five years; first as an assistant instructor at Berkeley Aikikai, and then at Eastshore Aikikai, her own dojo. For two decades she worked closely with Chiba sensei as General Secretary of the USAF Western Region and Birankai North America. She is currently Chair of the Birankai North American Senior Council.

 
  Phillip Vargas - 6th Dan, Shidoin

Phillip Vargas - 6th Dan, Shidoin

Vargas sensei is the Co-Chief Instructor at Aikido of Albuquerque.  He began his Aikido training in 1989 in Albuquerque, NM, at Southwestern Aikikai under Dennis Abbott sensei, 6th Dan. Some of Vargas sensei's most influential teachers have been Chiba shihan, Shibata shihan, Robert Nadeau shihan and Jim Hauer shihan.  Vargas sensei, along with his wife, Bernadette, and their son Mateo, opened Aikido of Albuquerque in April of 2008.  

  Neilu Naini - 5th Dan, Shidoin

Neilu Naini - 5th Dan, Shidoin

Naini sensei is chief instructor of Clallam Aikikai. She began her aikido training in 1994 while an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, PA. Later, her studies took her to New York Aikikai where she later became uchi deshi under Yamada and Donovan Waite senseis. In 1998, she moved to San Diego to study under T. K. Chiba Shihan. In 2001, she helped open Brooklyn Aikikai. Naini is a member of the Birankai North America Examination Committee and is BNA’s Executive Director.