Our instructors for the Children and Teen Youth Program have been members of the dojo, are early students of Saotome Shihan, and are dedicated to the mission of aikido.
Sara Bluestone began her training in Aikido at Saotome Sensei’s first dojo in Sarasota, Florida in 1976 and moved with him in 1977 to Washington, D.C. to train at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo. She was awarded the rank of godan (5th degree blackbelt) by Saotome Sensei in 2002. Sara taught in the evening classes for a number of years and now assists in the children and teens youth program.
Lewis Cuffy Sensei is a longtime member of Aikido Shobukan Dojo. He was an instructor in the evening classes for a number of years and now is a regular teacher in the morning class sessions. He has been the director and head instructor of the Youth Program for over 20 years.