Board of Directors

Chief Instructor

James West Sensei

6th dan (Rokudan)

Jim has over 40 years of Aikido teaching experience in both the Puget Sound region under the direction of Yoshihiko Hirata Sensei (6th dan Aikido) and in Hawaii under the direction of Takashi Nonaka Sensei (9th dan Aikido) and Hajime Uyeki Sensei (6th dan Aikido).
He currently holds the rank of 6th dan in Aikido Yuishinkai with Master Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei, founder of Aikido Yuishinkai.


Chairman

Nate Weed

2nd Dan (Nidan)


Vice-Chairman

Tim Seabold

2nd DAN (NIDAN)

Tim has spent most of his life as a spiritual seeker and mystic. While growing up he has participated in various martial arts: Boxing, San Soo Kung Fu, Jeetkundo, and Aikido. Aikido or the art of peace has been the most challenging and rewarding practice of them all.


Secretary

Brandon Henkins

3rd DAN (SANDAN)

Treasurer

Lynda West

4th DAN (YONDAN)

WebMaster

Marcel R. Wingate

1ST DAN (SHODAN)


Charles Pailthorp

1st DAN (SHODAN)

In 1971 Charles Pailthorp joined the faculty of The Evergreen State College, the first-year students enrolled, where he taught interdisciplinary programs for over four decades. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. Music always has been an important part of his life. Some years ago, as a recent seventy-something, he began practice at Aikido Olympia and discovered that practicing philosophy, music, and aikido each exercise the same principles in body and mind. He hopes that those joining our classes may discover similar parallels in their own life practices.


Aikido Olympia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.