Kayla Feder Sensei, 6th Dan


Kayla Feder Sensei, 6th dan, is the Dojo Cho at Aikido of Berkeley. Kayla Sensei feel in love with Aikido at the age of 9 and has been dedicated to training continuously for 47 years. As a beginning student Kayla Sensei was greatly inspired by training with Morihiro Saito Shihan, an apprentice to and one of longest training students of O’Sensei. In 1980 Kayla Sensei traveled to Iwama, Japan to train with Saito Shihan as an uchi deshi. In subsequent trips to Japan Kayla Sensei trained with a number of other Shihan who trained under the founder. Kayla Sensei has also trained with and been strongly influenced by Doran Shihan, Nadeau Shihan, Saotome Shihan, and Ikeda Shihan.

Kayla 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. She received the rank of 6th dan in 2004.

Kayla Sensei recognizes that we all have different bodies, historys, ages and learning styles. She is dedicated to making Aikido accessable for anyone who wants to train at Aikido of Berkeley and her teaching style supports the individual growth of each student. She has created a warm and welcoming community at Aikido of Berkeley. Kayla Sensei also includes yoga and meditation practices as part of the training at Aikido of Berkeley. She views Aikido as a holistic art and said that with Aikido, “There is no end to the growth and learning we can do on and off the mat”.

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