Nina started training in Aikido in 1980. She currently holds a godan (5th degree blackbelt) and is a regular instructor during morning classes. She and her husband, Thurston Carleton are major contributors to the dojo. Nina’s care in the garden can be seen by all members. She and Patty Saotome shared much history in Aikido and her skill and ability on the mat is known for its joy, attention to detail, and sharpness as a result of her fondness for weapons practice.