The Rev. Zenko N. Okimura, 7th Dan Shihan, oversees our training and visits the dojo several times a year for seminars and testing. He also serves as board Chairman, founder, and Chief Technical Advisor of World Aikido Aikikai Inc. (WAAI), and maintains a link to Hombu Dojo in Japan. Shihan began his study of Aikido in 1963, and received his Shodan in 1968 from the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. He has also served as a deshi at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan, under Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Okimura Shihan has led Aikido instruction in Japan, Hawaii, Europe, and various locations around North America. The Aikido Delaware Aikikai dojo in Newark, DE is his headquarters home.