Whelan Sensei, a 5th Dan, Shidoin, began Aikido in 1977 under Kanai Sensei. He has also trained at Aikikai Hombu and with several prominent uchi-deshi as well as both first and current Doshu.
Peck Sensei began his training in Aikido in January 1984 and currently holds the rank of 4th dan. He has trained with many of the great Aikido teachers over the years: Senseis Kanai, Yamada, Tamura, Sugano, Konigsberg, Waite, Bernath, Keelan, Hall, and Stroud, among others. “In Aikido we practice to learn to be calm in the face of adversity and to protect our antagonists as well as ourselves.”
Cathcart Sensei is Yondan, Fukushidoin, and Chief Instructor of Harvard Aikikai. She began her study of Aikido in 1985 with Mitsunari Kanai Shihan and has taught Aikido at Harvard University, Boston University, Milton Academy, Wheaton College, and New England Aikikai. Cathcart Sensei brings a spirited sensibility to the study and practice of Aikido.
T. Koei Kuwahara
Kuwahara Sensei started Aikido as a high school student in 1972 and now holds the rank of 4th dan.
“My Aikido intention is Take Mushu Aiki - Always act from a feeling of Aikido (Love)."
Klinger Sensei began studying Aikido in 1985 with Kanai Sensei and currently holds the rank of 2nd dan. Additional martial arts studies include Tai Chi, Capoiera and Krav maga.
Baron Sensei took his first aikido class in 1992, started serious practice in 1997, and currently holds the rank of 3rd dan. He focuses on disciplined body mechanics and generating a grounded and energized spirit through his classes.
Mokray Sensei started practicing aikido in 1982 at New England Aikikai and holds a rank of 4th dan. He also practices tai chi, ba gua, chi kung, and makes up his own stretching and balance exercises from time to time.
Holabaugh Sensei is currently ranked as Shodan. He began training 1999 in Syracuse, NY, then LosAngeles, and finally Boston in 2005. Interested in movement and other martial arts, he has studied Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, dance, stage combat, and currently instrumental musical performance.
Huben Sensei, currently holding the rank of Shodan in Aikido, started her training in 1986. “I want to thank my teachers; I want to thank my students, who are also my teachers.”
Ledford Sensei started in 2005 and currently holds the rank of Shodan. He enjoys the technical challenge of aikido, while relaxed in a very specific way, being mindfully unmindful.
Scott Bennett-Jeffreys Sensei first joined New England Aikikai in 1999 and began training in earnest in 2007. He currently holds the rank of Shodan. After years as an assistant instructor in the children’s program, he now teaches children’s classes in addition to his regular adult classes. And, since 2010 he has also been a student of Iaido under Senseis Don Laliberty and Koei Kuwahara.
Haburcak Sensei holds the rank of shodan, and started practicing Aikido with Sioux Hall Shihan, Dolita Cathcart, and Amy Kipp in 2007 in kid's class. Richard currently teaches children’s class on Sunday.