Chief Instructor – Kayla Feder Sensei
Kayla Feder Sensei began her Aikido training in 1973 at the age of 9 and has trained continuously for 44 years. She studied directly under Morihiro Saito Shihan, 9th dan traveling to Iwama, Japan in 1980. Saito Shihan was an apprentice to the founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei). He was one of O’Sensei’s longest training students. In subsequent trips to Japan Feder Sensei trained with a number of other Shihan who trained under the founder.
Feder Sensei has also trained with and been strongly influenced by Doran Shihan, Nadeau Shihan, Saotome Shihan, and Ikeda Shihan. She received the rank of 6th dan in 2004.
Feder Sensei has taught seminars throughout the US, Europe, and Israel. In addition to her Aikido accomplishments she received a Masters degree in Holistic Health Education from JFK University in 1998.
Feder Sensei’s teaching style supports the individual growth of each student. She has created a warm and welcoming community at Aikido of Berkeley. Feder Sensei also includes yoga and meditation practices as part of the training at Aikido of Berkeley.
Kayla Feder Sensei interviewed by Edgar Ortega