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Kiyo Mizu Kai

Aikido Delaware Aikikai
667 Dawson Drive, Ste A
Newark, DE 19713
302.369.2454 (AIKI)

Shihan Bio Rev. Zenko N. Okimura, Shihan
Founder & Chief Instructor of the World Aikido Aikikai Incorporated. Rev. Zenko N. Okimura, was born in Iwakuni, Japan and is the eldest son of Bishop & Mrs. Eisho Okimura. Okimura Shihan began his Aikido study in 1963, and received his 1st Dan in 1968 from the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. He currently holds a 7th Dan certified instructors rank. The present Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the Founder, and Okimura Shihan studied under Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, son of the Founder, at Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo. Okimura Shihan has been a Head Aikido Instructor in both Japan and Hawaii. He has taught Aikido in Europe as well as throughout the United States. Okimura Shihan is also a Shingon Buddhist priest and has served under Bishop Eisho Okimura after attaining priesthood at Mt. Koya Monastery in Wakayama, Japan. Okimura Shihan brings great technical and spiritual depth to the students of our WAAI organization.He holds college degrees in Religion and Education. Since 1993, Okimura Shihan has made the ADA Dojo his headquarters home.

Sensei Bio Dr. Zohreh Soofi
Under the guidance of Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan, Dr. Zohreh Soofi is the Chief Instructor at Aikido Delaware Aikikai. Zohreh Sensei is the first female Aikikai Aikido Chief Instructor in the State of Delaware. Zohreh Sensei began her Aikido study in 1995 under Okimura Shihan, and currently holds a 4th Dan Shidoin instructors rank. Zohreh Sensei has directly assisted Okimura Shihan in instruction of both adult and children's classes; she has worked with Shihan throughout the continental United States and in Hawaii. She accompanied Okimura Shihan to Hombu Dojo in Tokyo where Shihan received his 7th Dan certificate, personally from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, gransdon of the Founder. Sensei holds a doctorate degree in education, a distinct advantage as the Head Instructor of the Aikido Kids program at the ADA Dojo since 1998. This program includes not only the physical martial art of Aikido, but also exposure to a multi-cultural environment, as well as, discussions with her students about how to grow and develop into respected and productive citizens. Prior to her long path on Aikido, Sensei studied Karate for nearly a decade, and achieved a dan rank in that martial art. Despite her experience in other martial arts, Zohreh Sensei has dedicated her life to teaching the art and peaceful values that are at the heart of Aikido.