Learn about Mike Jones, Steve Pimsler, and Claire Keller, three of Howcast's aikido experts, in this video.
Hi. My name is Steve Pimsler. I’m an instructor at the New York Aikikai. I’m a 7th degree black belt, with also title of Shihan which is a high-ranking instructor. I’ve been studying at the New York Aikikai for 40 years.
Hi. My name’s Claire Keller and I’m a 5th Dan in Aikido. I started in 1980 when I was 19 and in college. Aikido for me is a very positive way to develop myself, to feel better, to have fun, to meet people. I’ve been at New York Aikikai since 1985 and this is a great school. You meet very interesting, disparate people. There’s a real sense of community in Aikido. I’ve met people from all over the world. I’ve begun travelling around to teach. I’ve taught at NYU, at other Aikido schools. Right now I teach at Park Slope Dojo in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I used to teach in New Jersey. I’ve just got back from the Dominican Republic. I’ve taught in different states, in California, in North Carolina, Virginia. I’m a teacher and a student.
Hi. My name is Michael Jones. I’m a Nidan or a 2nd degree black belt at the New York Aikikai. I am an instructor here, a full-time student and I also manage the dojo. I began my training in 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia under George Kennedy Sensei at the Atlanta Aikido Center and through Kennedy Sensei I was given the connection to Yamada Sensei here in New York. In 2005, I moved to New York to train full-time under the Yamada Sensei here. So I spent the last 7 years with the Yamada Sensei and other instructors here at New York Aikikai training on a daily basis and I’ve been lucky enough to become employed in a hobby that I consider very dear to me. I hope to consider this my profession at some point in time.