Instructors

Paul Zimmerman
Co-Head Instructor
Appalachian Ki-Aikido

currently holds the rank of Nidan in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and Jokyu in Shinshin Toitsudo. He has achieved certification as an Assistant Lecturer and Assistant Examiner in the Eastern Ki Federation. He began his study of Aikido in 1996. He began his study in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and Shinshin Toitsudo in 2000 under Eric Harrell Sensei and continues under Mayumi Case Sensei.

    Chris McKinneyChris McKinney
    Co-Head Instructor
    Appalachian Ki Aikido

    currently holds the rank of Shodan in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and Jokyu in Shinshin Toitsudo. He began studying Aikido in 2001, and continues training under Mayumi Case Sensei. Chris is also the kids class instructor. Chris received his BM in Music Education from Appalachian State University in 2009, is certified in Creative Motion, and works as an Elementary School Music Teacher.

      wayne.jpg Wayne Fee
      Assistant Instructor
      Appalachian Ki Aikido

      currently holds the rank of Shodan in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido and Jokyu in Shinshin Toitsudo. He began studying Aikido in 2003, and continues training under Zimmerman and McKinney Sensei.

          Leading us in periodic special practices and seminars:

            Shaner SenseiDavid Shaner Sensei
            Chief Instructor
            Eastern Ki Federation

            7th Degree Blackbelt Shinshin Toitsu
            Okuden, Shinshin Toitsudo
            (Ki development)
            David Shaner is Japan Headquarter's adviser to Eastern Europe and Western Russia. He has been training with Tohei sensei for 38 years and was an uchi deshi (live-in student). Shaner Sensei has been teaching at Furman University for 26 years and serves as the Gordon Poteat Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies, as well as Chair of the Department of Philosophy.

            Shaner Sensei is the author, co-author, or series editor of over 40 books. His first book The Bodymind Experience in Japanese Buddhism was written as part of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Hawaii nearly 30 years ago. Shaner Sensei has also served as a law enforcement officer in the State of Colorado where he was responsible for designing and executing an arrest control system with quarterly qualifications for all officers in his jurisdiction. He led training for security professionals developing a similar system of testing and qualification at Caesar Palace and the Mirage Casino and Resort Hotels in Las Vegas.

            As an undergraduate, he was a NCAA collegiate ski racer and then was a member of the Olympic Valley USA Ski Team coached by Jean-Pierre Pascal. His continued interest in Performance Development led to his founding Shaner & Associates in 1987. Since that time, Shaner & Associates has led major corporate change and performance development initiatives for well known companies such as Frito-Lay, Duracell, Gillette, Ryobi, Owens Corning and Synthetic Industries. Each engagement represents a minimum of a three year process over 12 fiscal quarters in which bottom line performance improvement is measured, tracked, and employees are rewarded as true shareholders.

            Shaner sensei has been a Fulbright Scholar in India, has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities. Shaner sensei was also honored with a personal audience with His Majesty Emperor Akihito. In 1985 and 1986, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University where he was affiliated with the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. At present, Shaner Sensei is preparing two new books focused upon personal development and corporate development using Ki Principles as taught by our Founder, Koichi Tohei Sensei.

            Today, in addition to his work at Furman University and the Eastern Ki Federation, Shaner Sensei is the Principal of Connect Consulting expanding performance development services to include individualized programs for executives, non-profit organizations, athletes, musicians, and others interested in positive personal and/or organizational transformation.

              Pierce SenseiTerry Pierce Sensei
              Chief Instructor
              New Jersey Ki Society

              7th Degree Blackbelt Shinshin Toitsu
              okuden, Shinshin Toitsudo
              (Ki development)
              Pierce Sensei has been training in Aikido and a loyal student of Tohei Sensei for over 44 years. This makes Pierce Sensei the most senior member of the Eastern Ki Federation. Pierce Sensei serves as Chief Instructor of the New Jersey Ki Society.

              Pierce Sensei began studying Aikido in 1960 after completing his service in the Army. He later co-founded the N.J. Aikikai in Merchantville, N.J. And in 1968, he became the Chief Instructor of the South Jersey Aikikai on Long Beach Island, N.J.

              Pierce Sensei founded the N.J. Ki Society in Riverton, N.J. in 1974. In 1983, while studying at Ki no Kenkyukai in Japan, Pierce Sensei was appointed a Leader in the Ki no Genri Jissenkai. Pierce Sensei is an Full Lecturer for the International Ki Society. Today, Pierce Sensei applies over four decades of Ki training as a personal massage therapist, having accumulated over 600 hours of certified training.

                Eric Harrell
                Head Instructor, Full Examiner

                6th degree blackbelt Shinshin Toitsu
                Joden, Shinshin Toitsudo
                (Ki development)
                Harrell Sensei is co-founder and Head Instructor of South Carolina Ki Aikido. He is also the Head Instructor in charge of overseeing Appalachian Ki Aikido.

                  Mayumi Case
                  Head Instructor Raleigh Ki-Aikido

                  4th degree blackbelt Shinshin Toitsu
                  Shoden, Shinshin Toitsudo
                  (Ki development)

                  Mayumi Case grew up in Japan, but did not start her Aikido training in her native country. Her first introduction to aikido was through a course offered at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1995. She subsequently joined the Arizona Aikido Ki Society and continued training under Kirk Fowler sensei, 7th Dan. She earned the Shinshin Toitsu Aikido rank of Shodan (first degree black belt) in 2000, the rank of nidan in 2002, and the rank of sandan in 2006. She received the Shinshin Toitsudo (ki development) rank of Shoden in 2002 and Chuden in June 2007. She is an Associate Ki Lecturer and Assistant Examiner. She has attended many aikido seminars and intensive training camps, and has received instruction from high-ranking Aikido instructors in Japan, Europe, and the U.S.

                  We are very lucky to have such wonderful teachers willing to take time out of their busy schedules to drive up and teach us. We are truly blessed and owe them all a great debt of gratitude.

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