Kevin Pickard sensei
Retired from the business world in 1999 to pursue his on-going dedication to Aikido, Kevin Sensei is an internationally certified instructor. He is ranked 5th dan and has studied martial arts for more than 25 years. Trained in Japan and throughout North America with top instructors, in 1992, he participated in the development of Aikido instruction at Shuwakan Dojo in Indianapolis; in 2001, he helped to start Mugen Juku Dojo in Los Angeles; in 2002, he started a children’s class in the Huntington Beach dojo; and in 2009, he moved to San Diego to start Aikido of Del Mar.
Kevin Sensei says: Aikido is not a sport, so talent is not required. What is required is persistence, determination and a mindset open to learning something new, something that may challenge many of your current beliefs.
In the correct training environment, the practice of Aikido will reconnect the body, mind and spirit. Any one can benefit regardless of age, gender, size, talent, or fitness. What is different for each person is how that unification expresses itself – overall, it will produce a person with increased self-discipline, focus, and a healthier mind and body. All this happens while you learn this powerful martial art Aikido.
Edward Sterrett sensei
Edward Sterrett is the co-founder of Aikido of Del Mar. He holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Yoshinkan Aikido. He began his training in 1996, and studied intensively with Jacques Payet sensei from 2002 to 2005. In the last few years, travel for his academic research has limited his time at Aikido of Del Mar, but afforded him the opportunity to assist Payet sensei in workshops in England, Ukraine, and Qatar. He now resides in Los Angeles, and returns to Aikido of Del Mar whenever he can for training.
Edward Sensei says: The opportunity to travel and meet people of such diverse cultures united in their passion for Aikido has been both inspiring and humbling. More than anything I have learned that every student is a teacher and every teacher is a student. Each time I bow in thanks I remember this.
Flo Li sensei
Flo Li started training in Aikido Del Mar since 2008 with her first teachers Kevin Pickard sensei and Edward Sterrett sensei. She holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Yoshinkan Aikido. She has studied under the guidance of Jacques Payet shihan of Mugenjuku Aikido in Kyoto, and Yukio Utada kancho of Doshinkan Aikido in Philadelphia. She has attended seminars in Japan, Canada, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Diego. Flo sensei has been teaching aikido since 2011 in Aikido of Del Mar. She has been teaching Aikido and Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) in Encinitas Aikido since 2015. Flo Sensei also keeps a blog to share with spiritual seekers of her enlightenment journey at FloLiBlog.WordPress.com.
Flo Sensei says: Find the stillness within, find the source of deep love and peace within. Once you have tapped into the endless wealth of joy, then express that peace, love, and joy outward – that is aikido. It heals all misunderstandings, it gives life to the unawakened, it encourages your heart to be brave and stand for something greater than yourself.
Huy Nguyen sensei
Huy Nguyen started Aikido at Aikido Delmar in 2012. Training with Kevin Sensei, Edward Sensei and Flo Sensei. Huy and his two daughters are fascinated with this non-competitive but powerful Martial Art. They have been active members of the dojo since. Huy Nguyen achieved his shodan and instructor credential in the winter of 2015. Huy teaches the Saturday kids and youth class and assists with some adult classes.
Huy Sensei says: Aikido is an art. As any other arts, it's fathomless. With diligent study and practice, aikidodan will discover the mystic forms of the art and will greatly enjoy and appreciate this exquisite art.
Justin Couvignou senpai
Justin senpai, 1st kyu, Yoshinkan Aikido, began his training in the kids class from Aikido of Del Mar and now he is the senior assistant instructor for both the kids and youth class.
Elliot Couvignou senpai
Elliot senpai, 1st kyu, Yoshinkan Aikido, began his training in the kids class from Aikido of Del Mar and now he is the junior assistant instructor for both the kids and youth class.