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Home > Columns > "The Grindstone" > Biographies

Tarik Ghbeish Tarik Ghbeish is an eager student of Aikido who strongly believes that good students are as rare as good teachers and that both roles take sincere and constant effort and exploration. He also believes that good aikido practice models how to live and strives to refine his practice and his life accordingly. Tarik is currently a student at North Bay Aikido in Santa Cruz, CA and has a number of budo influences, many of whom probably would appropriately deny any association or knowledge of him.


Mike Collins (b. 1957) Mike Started Aikido in 1990 under Jack Wada (6th dan) in San Jose, CA. His present teacher is Kato, Hiroshi (8th dan). He teaches in San Jose at Rocky Valley Aikido, and trains with Brian Heery at Rocky Valley Aikido and with Wada Sensei at Aikido San Jose (not as frequently as he should). He trains with Kato Sensei at his twice-yearly seminars, in San Jose, at San Francisco, and occasionally in Texas, and has been to Japan several times to train with Kato Sensei and at Hombu dojo (Aikikai).

Mike takes Aikido seriously, but doesn't take himself too seriously. You shouldn't take him too seriously, either.

"There's a lot of good Aikido out there, and some isn't even called Aikido."


David M. Valadez http://www.senshincenter.com/

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