YOSHIMITSU YAMADA SENSEI | 8TH DAN SHIHAN
Our chief instructor, Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th Dan, studied under O Sensei, the founder of aikido, as a traditional martial arts uchi deshii (live-in apprentice). He has personally trained all instructors at the New York Aikikai With a vigorous mix of both seasoned veterans and exciting, fresh faces, the teaching staff offers unmatched inspiration and opportunity for training on all levels. Several instructors have opened dojos of their own in the New York area while retaining their connection to the New York Aikikai.

SENIOR INSTRUCTORS
Harvey Konigsberg 7th Dan Shihan | Woodstock Aikido
Michael Abrams 7th Dan Shihan
Steve Pimsler 7th Dan Shihan
Robert Workoff 7th Dan Shihan
Hal Lehrman 7th Dan Shihan | Aikido of Park Slope
Douglas Firestone 7th Dan Shihan | Aikido of Westchester

Paul Zimet 6th Dan
Sharon Dominguez 6th Dan
Dana Egan 6th Dan
Debra Crampton 6th Dan
Chuck Mensch 6th Dan
John Ottavino 5th Dan
Junya Nakatsugawa 5th Dan
Matthew Flamm 5th Dan