OUR AIKIDO TEACHERS

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

Wendy Palmer 
Rokudan - Sixth Degree Black Belt

Wendy Sensei 

Wendy is an expert at challenging people to examine techniques from a different perspective. Her classes explore Aikido principles at a high level of training as she motivates students beyond their habitual training patterns. Wendy's uncanny ability to recognize individual strengths provides a platform for finding new ways to accomplish techniques without relying on force.

Wendy Palmer began training in 1971. She was drawn to the beauty and power of aikido and recognized the practice as a path to increase empowerment and love. She is the creator of Leadership Embodiment a profound approach to personal and professional development using embodied practices based on aikido. She has been teaching classes and workshops in Conscious Embodiment for over thirty years. Wendy is author of three books: Leadership Embodiment: How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak, The Intuitive Body: Discovering the Wisdom of Conscious Embodiment, and Aikido and The Practice of Freedom: Aikido Principles as a Spiritual Guide.

Greg Owens
 Yondan - Fourth Degree Black Belt

Greg Sensei 

Greg has been training Aikido since 1991, and was a long-time student of George Leonard Sensei and still is a student of Wendy Palmer Sensei to this day. He is a superb communicator and has a sharp eye for students' needs. Greg enjoys a vigorous training session, and is very patient and gentle with beginners. Greg is an advocate for taking aikido off the mat and does so through his leadership role with the EO network. The EO network enables business owners to learn from one another through global events, leadership development programs, online forums and education opportunities

Kirk Scott
 Yondan - Fourth Degree Black Belt

Kirk Sensei 

Kirk started training aikido at Michigan State University under Jongoon Kim in 1991, and has been Wendy Palmer's student since 1995. Kirk started training martial arts at the age of ten in Koei Kan Karate in 1981, and received his blackbelt in karate in 1989. Kirk’s Saturday classes focus on bokken (sword) and jo (stick) techniques following Kirk’s passion for emphasizing the strong connection between weapons and the more typical open hand techniques of aikido.

Dalano Arthur
 Sandan - Third Degree Black Belt