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Home > Columns > "The Mirror" > Biographies

Susan Dalton began aikido at Greensboro Kodokan Aikido dojo (aikidogreensboro.org) in 1991 when her Ninja-Turtle-wannabee son begged her to replace him as the "worst" member of the class. Her teachers, John and Betsy Grinnell Sensei, had studied aikido in Okazaki, Japan with Tanaka Tadamitsu Shihan, whose father, along with O Sensei, was uchi deshi for Onisaburo Deguchi Sensei and is buried in Ayabe near O Sensei and Deguchi Sensei. The Grinnells opened a dojo in their home in Greensboro and built it into a 25 - 30 member organization. In 2001 when they moved, they asked Jay Speetjens to become chief instructor and Susan to become dojo cho.

Janet Rosen lives in inland Mendocino County, where she works part time as a nurse, paints landscapes of the coast range, and designs and sews aikido gear. She trains with Gayle Fillman. Her website is http://www.zanshinart.com.

A former firefighter/EMT, AJ "Al" Garcia has been living with fibromyalgia for several years, during which time she resumed aikido training, practicing Ki-Aikido in Arizona. Her dogged determination and articulate expression over the past 3+ years have inspired those of us who have met her on the mat and online, and her perspective/voice will be a good addition to this group.

Katherine Derbyshire has been practicing aikido since 1993, originally at Shobu Aikido of Boston, and now at Aikido Eastside in Bellevue, Washington (near Seattle). She earns her dojo fees as a professional writer focused on the integrated circuit industry.

Pauliina Lievonen teaches the Alexander Technique, and recorder and traverso playing, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She started aikido in 1999 and trains at the Jiki Shin Kan dojo under Piet Lagerwaard sensei, 5th dan.

Linda Eskin is currently a 6th kyu student, training with Dave Goldberg Sensei at Aikido of San Diego. She lives with her husband, Michael, in San Diego's rural east county. Linda is a Senior Experience Planner (usability) for Web sites and applications at Red Door Interactive. She came to Aikido via horse trainer Mark Rashid, and tries to incorporate Aikido into her work in the dressage arena and on the trail with her horse Rainy and with her two donkeys, Eeyore and Clementine.

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