Board of Directors

Chief Instructor

James West Sensei

7th dan (Shichidan)

Jim has over 50 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.

Co-Chairman & Head Instructor

Brandon Henkins


Co-Chairman & Head Instructor

Nate Weed

3rd Dan (SANdan)


Marcel Wingate

2nd Dan (Nidan)


Charles Pailthorp


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.


Sierra Abrams

2nd Kyu (NIkyu)


Amy Weed

4th Kyu

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