Pat started Aikido in Saskatoon with Makoto Ohtsu Sensei in 1981. She received her gokyu rank from Kawahara Sensei in 1982; he was then visiting every year to give seminars. Kawahara Sensei remained Pat's sensei until his death in 2011, at which time Pat's rank was yondan.
After moving to Kelowna, Pat trained with Jobe Groot, who had opened Okanagan Aikikai, and subsequently with Kawahara Shihan, and now Osawa Shihan.
In 2023 Pat was promoted to 6th dan, and she and her husband moved back to Saskatoon where she still practices Aikido at Saskatoon Aikikai.
Bruce has been training for over 30 years. His principal instructors have been Macphail Sensei, Paris Sensei, Kawahara Shihan and Ishiyama Shihan. He regularly attends 8 to 12 intensive training workshops per year in Canada, the US and overseas with a wide range of well-known master instructors. He is primarily interested in helping others and emphasizes harmony while still paying attention to details.
John Petersen Sensei has been practicing for over 30 years under Gary Mols Sensei, Ishiyama Shihan, Macphail and Moline Senseis. He attended many of Kawahara Shihan’s seminars over the years as well as seminars from international instructors.
Mike has been training for over 30 years in a variety of martial arts, but principally in Aikido. His primary instructors have been Macphail Sensei, Ishiyama Shihan, Kawahara Shihan and now Osawa Shihan. Mike believes through understanding Technique and exercise of the Body, martial arts training cultivates true humanity, recognizable by its strength and compassion – that is, by the disposition of its Heart.
Michael Smorhay has been practicing Aikido since 1982, first with Liz McKinlay in Terrace and then with Macphail Sensei, Larry Detweiler and Moline Senseis in Victoria. Always under the watchful eyes of Kawahara Shihan and Ishiyama Shihan, Michael first taught at the University of Victoria, and then in Vancouver upon opening the Simon Fraser University Aikido Club in 1996.
Kim Riddick has practiced Aikido for more than 30 years. His most influential teachers are Kawahara Shihan and Osawa Shihan. He practiced at Hombu Dojo for three years, attending classes by Doshu, Seki, Miyamoto, and Osawa Shihans. Kim believes that Aikido enhances your quality of life by moving your body and working with a partner. Becoming proficient in Aikido, you improve your well-being and have a positive influence on others.
Zoran Krunic has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. He studied under Fujimoto Shihan and, after moving to Canada, under Kawahara Shihan. In the course of his Aikido studies he attended many seminars by leading Aikido teachers, including Tada Sensei and Tamura Sensei. He is the chief instructor of Vancouver Aikikai.
Grant Babin Sensei, 5th dan, began training in 1997 with Michael St. Germain Sensei and in 2003 with Tony Hind Shihan.
He began overseeing the direction of the Saltspring Aikido club in 2008.
Between 2010 and 2016 he lived in Tokyo for 4.5 years. He received daily instruction from teachers there including Hayato Osawa Shihan, the technical director of the Canadian Aikido Federation. He is a close student of Takeshi Kanazawa Shihan of Hombu dojo; and still travels to receive his instruction.
In 2016 he returned to Canada and opened Aikidaily in Squamish, BC. To this day he still travels to partake in classes.
"Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family."