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Old 05-05-2003, 05:39 PM   #1
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Female Aikidoka

How many high-ranking female aikidoka are there?

I've only ever heard of Pat Hendricks in Cali. Are there others?
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Old 05-05-2003, 05:47 PM   #2
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Women in Aikido by Andrea Seigel

Women in Aikido by Sharon Seymoure

I've read the first one and found it excellent. Hadn't heard of the other one before. It's older and may be out of print.

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Old 05-05-2003, 06:47 PM   #3
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There are many high ranking female aikido practitioners all over the world. I listed some here in this post a couple of years back:

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...=8332#post8332

As far as "Women in Aikido" by Andrea Siegel goes, I'm not a very big fan of the book. I think it ought to be called "Women in Aikido, Most of Who Used to Train in Aikido But Have Since Then Quit For Various Reasons."

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Old 05-05-2003, 09:51 PM   #4
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Is the Bay Area the Mecca of Aikido?
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Old 05-05-2003, 10:08 PM   #5
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I think the head of the ROC(Taiwan) Aikikai is a woman (6th Dan I believe). Though the figure head is still a man, he is in 90's and doesn't actively practice anymore. I will try to find out their names. Perhaps Mike Lee would know.

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Old 05-06-2003, 03:47 AM   #6
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Re: Female Aikidoka

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Jessica Dalton (jdalton51) wrote:
How many high-ranking female aikidoka are there?

I've only ever heard of Pat Hendricks in Cali. Are there others?
Pardon me for seeming mulish, but what constitutes high ranking in your book?

Danelle Smith is a 6th Dan, as is Cindi Hayashi, Kayla Feder is a 5th Dan,as well as Linda Holiday. Bernice Tom 6th Dan, Mary Heiny is a 6th Dan as well.

I'm sure there are others, especially if you count the yondans, or even sandans.


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Old 05-06-2003, 04:51 AM   #7
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There are almost countless high ranking (I am using 5th dan and above for my critera) women in the USAF alone. Sure there are plenty of others in the other organizations as well.
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Old 05-06-2003, 08:12 AM   #8
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Is the Bay Area the Mecca of Aikido?
I didn't understand this question. Offhand, I'd say Aikido is very decentralized. Many dojos look to Japan and hombu dojo as some sort of mecca, but many others do not.

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Old 05-06-2003, 09:04 AM   #9
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Patty Saotome, wife of the head of the ASU.
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Old 05-06-2003, 09:41 AM   #10
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Mitsugi Minegishi, 6 dan Aikikai.
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Old 05-06-2003, 10:52 AM   #11
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Penny Bernath, 5th dan, Shidoin.

See her shidoin profile at www.aikidoonline.com

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Old 05-06-2003, 10:59 AM   #12
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Mitsugi Minegishi, 6 dan Aikikai.
That would probably be Mutsuko Minegishi sensei...

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Old 05-06-2003, 11:09 AM   #13
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Ah yes. Fro mthe top of my head, and all wrong. Jun, why don't you let me edit my *&¤# post?
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Old 05-06-2003, 11:20 AM   #14
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look at just this sampling from the USAF-WR:

Shihan

Gloria Nomura, 6th dan

Shidoin

6th dan

Coryl Crane

Lorraine DiAnne

Elizabeth Lynn

Kristina Varjan

5th dan

Elizabeth Beringer

Michaela Roessner-Herman

Terri Teshiba

4th dan

Maureen Browne,

Leslie Cohen,

Diane Deskin,

In the ER, there are a number 5th dan and above, including Penny Bernath, Susan Wolk, Linda Lee Vecchio (I know I'm missing some...).

There is also Marianne Shibata in California, and Yumi Nakumura in Toronto.

Okay, I can't think of any more at the moment, but you can see there are lots of high ranking women out there.
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Old 05-06-2003, 05:36 PM   #15
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I didn't understand this question. Offhand, I'd say Aikido is very decentralized. Many dojos look to Japan and hombu dojo as some sort of mecca, but many others do not.
The link Jun posted had several female aikidoka from the Bay area. From an outsider's point of view (and someone who has acces to three, maybe four dojos in her area) it seems you can't throw a rock without hitting an aikido dojo.

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Pardon me for seeming mulish, but what constitutes high ranking in your book?
Good Question (and not the slightest bit mulish.) It would seem from the answers I've received that "high ranking" would be 5th dan or above. In my book, since I'm still a kyu rank, sandan would constitute a high rank.

Perhaps a better question would have been are there female aikidoka who have 1: studied aikido for 10 or more years, and 2: have their own dojo/ teach a student base?





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Old 05-06-2003, 05:50 PM   #16
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Jessica Dalton (jdalton51) wrote:
The link Jun posted had several female aikidoka from the Bay area. From an outsider's point of view (and someone who has acces to three, maybe four dojos in her area) it seems you can't throw a rock without hitting an aikido dojo.
It is practically like that, imagine that many other martial arts, Japanese, Chinese, and other, each have their plethora of schools in the Bay Area as well. There are aso quite a few (non-yudansha)female aikidoka who train regularly. It's nice to have more variety of personalities, both mental and physical to train with.


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Old 05-06-2003, 06:00 PM   #17
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Good Question (and not the slightest bit mulish.) It would seem from the answers I've received that "high ranking" would be 5th dan or above. In my book, since I'm still a kyu rank, sandan would constitute a high rank.

Perhaps a better question would have been are there female aikidoka who have 1: studied aikido for 10 or more years, and 2: have their own dojo/ teach a student base?
I think that everyone I mentioned would more than qualify.

Kayla Feder Sensei has been aikidoka since she was at leas 9 I think (7?9? something like that) and she's older than 19.

As for the Mecca thing, I know that many of the SFBay dojos have uchideshi programs and at least one (though I'd imagine more) most often has international uchideshi, even Japanese deshi come over to train. Now, I would imagine that there are world-class sensei in many places, but I know more about the area because I live in the area.


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Old 05-06-2003, 08:44 PM   #18
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are there female aikidoka who have 1: studied aikido for 10 or more years, and 2: have their own dojo/ teach a student base?
Marie Mockers-Numata sensei, yondan, Princeton Aikikai, NJ.

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Old 05-06-2003, 09:53 PM   #19
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Hello All,

I didn't see Lia Suzuki whom I think is 5th dan. She directs Aikido Kenkyukai in Lansdale, Pa as well as Santa Barbara, Ca. On the web at http://www.aikidokenkyukai.org/intro.aki.html

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Old 05-06-2003, 10:24 PM   #20
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the Bay Area has always been a "beginning point" for many subcultures.(the Grateful Dead & renaissance Faire being two that i have participated in- not to mention Silicon Valley)

remember that Robert Nadeau and Frank Doran have been teaching here since the 60's and that this is a beautiful place to be and that the people here are extremely open minded about trying new things it makes sense that people who came here to train would naturally want to stay here to teach.

The women in my dojo are

1-sandan, training since 1970

1-nidan, training since about 1983

1-shodan, training since 1990

1-1st or 2nd kyu

1-4th kyu

me-somewhere between 10th-5th kyu

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Old 12-29-2003, 08:06 PM   #21
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There are several ranking women aikidoka at my dojo, rachel named a few of them.

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Old 12-30-2003, 12:07 AM   #22
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what about Dr. Lee Ah Loi from Shodokan (Tomiki) Aikido? i heard she holds a high rank, too.
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Old 01-04-2004, 07:15 PM   #23
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There are, at least, four sixth dan women in Kokikai Aikido, including my Sensei.

And if I rember right Jessica your Sensei and a higher ranking member from your dojo visit us when they are in Philadelphia.

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Old 01-05-2004, 06:02 AM   #24
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High ranking women?

In the UK I would include:

British Aikiai:

Dee Chen 6th Dan

Pauline Squire 5th Dan

United Kingdom Aikikai ( and both from my dojo)

Pat Narey 5th Dan

Cath Davies 4th Dan

All of whom are either Hombu or Birankai graded and having been training in Aikido for over 20 years.
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