Chief Instructor

Elizabeth Lynn, Shihan

Lynn Sensei Elizabeth Lynn began training in Aikido in 1971. She trained in Chicago under the late Akira Tohei Shihan, and continued her training in San Francisco, CA and in Berkeley, CA. From 1990 through 1994 she was kenshusei in the teacher's training program conducted by I. Shibata Shihan, 7th dan, Chief Instructor of Berkeley Aikikai. She founded Eastshore Aikikai in September 1991. In February 1994, she was named Shidoin (Senior Instructor) by T. K. Chiba Shihan, 8th dan.

In April, 2007 she was awarded the title of Shihan, Master Teacher, by T. K. Chiba Shihan. She is the current Chair of Birankai North American Senior Council. She holds the rank of 6th dan.

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Carole Gifford, Fukushidoin

Carole Gifford Carole Gifford began training in Aikido in 1999 at Alameda Aikikai with Mike Flynn Shihan. There, she was privileged to teach both children and adults. She received her fukushidoin (assistant teacher) certificate in February 2008 and her sandan ranking ranking in 2008. In 2011, Carole became a member of Eastshore Aikikai. She was promoted to 4th dan in 2014. She is happy to be training under Lizzy Lynn Shihan who has been an influence throughout her Aikido career.


Lester Lawson, Fukushidoin

Lester Lawson Lester Lawson started training in Aikido in March 2001. Before joining Eastshore Aikikai, he was already an experienced martial artist, with a 4th degree black belt rank in Kajukenbo. He came to Aikido because he wanted to learn the way in which Aikido teaches one to  attacker's balance without forcing a contest of strength. He received Fukushidoin teaching rank in January 2010, and was promoted to 3rd dan in January 2012.







Tomoko Murakami, Fukushidoin

Tomoko MurakamiTomoko Murakami began training in Aikido in 1999 at Alameda Aikikai with Mike Flynn Shihan, and joined Eastshore Aikikai in 2006. She was promoted to 3rd dan in January and received Fukushidoin teaching certificate in Oct. 2012. For Tomoko, practicing and studying Aikido movement has been a practical process for deepening her appreciation for the perfection of nature's balance and bringing her back into harmony with the environment, other people, and herself.