“Cyndy is a 6th degree black belt in Aikido. She has studied the martial art since 1977 when she began training in San Francisco at Aikido of San Francisco. In 1979 Cyndy traveled to Japan where she studied with Morihiro Saito, Shihan. She trained with him for a period of nine months total. Part of that stay was as a live in house student or uchideshi. In 1980, Saito Sensei awarded her the rank of shodan or 1st degree black belt.
Upon her return to the States, she began training at Aikido West with Frank Doran, Shihan. She has continued to train and teach at Aikido West where is she is now daisempai. She states she began training with Doran Sensei because she “found his classes challenging.” Doran Sensei soon became the teacher she felt she could follow for the rest of her life. He was inspirational. I asked Cyndy how Aikido has influenced her life and who she is in the world. She remarked that her training has saved on five separate occasions when she was attacked. It is not so much that she was successful in defending herself but that she responded with the appropriate response to the different attacks. Deadly force was needed only on one occasion.”
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