ORANGE COUNTY KI SOCIETY

Instructors

As students and instructors, we follow the example of Master Koichi Tohei, one of the great teachers of our time. Through his life-long training of meditation, breathing, and martial arts he developed teaching methods that make evident many of the elusive qualities of our mind, body and spirit. Simple in their nature, and universal in their application, these principles are the foundation of our training.

We train to improve our lives as we learn. Learning and teaching are two parts of the same process, and students naturally progress to instructional roles as they develop in their training.

The Orange County Ki Society is led by a world-class team of instructors who have dedicated their lives to this training.

John Gilmore

The Orange County Ki Society is headed by John Gilmore. Gilmore Sensei has been a student of Tabata Sensei's for over 45 years. He is a 7th degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, an Okuden in Ki Development, a full Ki Lecturer, a Certified Examiner and an Assistant Lecturer in the Personal Kiatsu® School. He has been teaching for over 40 years.

James Tabata

James Tabata is a 1st degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, a Jokyu in Ki Development and an assistant Ki Lecturer. He has been practicing Aikido for more than 20 years.

David Tabata

David Tabata is a 1st degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, a Jokyu in Ki Development and an assistant Ki Lecturer. He has been practicing Aikido for more than 20 years.

Wilson Jacob

Wilson Jacob is a 1st degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Chukyu in Ki Development. He is an assistant in the children's program and has been training for more than 8 years.

Brianna Berkson

Brianna Berkson is a 1st degree black belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Chukyu in Ki Development. She is a teen assistant in the children's program and has been training for more than 11 years.

Eduardo Perez

Eduardo Perez is a brown belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Chukyu in Ki Development. He is an assistant in the children's program and has been training for more than 11 years.

Gecole Harley

Gecole Harley is a brown belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Shokyu in Ki Development. She is an assistant in the children's program and has been training for more than 4 years.

Maya Jacob

Maya Jacob is a brown belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Shokyu in Ki Development. She is a teen assistant in the children's program and has been training for more than 8 years.

Soleil Berkson

Soleil Berkson is a brown belt in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and a Shokyu in Ki Development. She is a teen assistant in the children's program and has been training for more than 10 years.