About Our Dojo

Welcome to our Aikido dojo.

The dojo training philosophy is that all people, men and women, young and old, can participate and develop themselves. At Aikido Northshore students range in age from 4-75 years. It does not matter at what level of strength you begin, but every class you try to advance yourself a little bit. This philosophy is one of the reasons many people that practice Aikido feel it helps their daily life. The dojo atmosphere is one of openness and generosity dedicated to hard work and success of all students.

Aikido Northshore is affiliated with the national organization Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, founded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan who was a 15 year resident student of O’Sensei.

Aikido Northshore is a federal 501.c non-profit organization and welcomes all students who can safely participate in our programs. All of our classes are open for free observation.

Aikido Northshore is open to any person who safely can participate in our programs and activities regardless of race, color, national and ethnic origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender variance, marital status, and mental or physical disability, and all such persons will be afforded the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the above in administration of its educational politics, athletics, or other school-administered programs.

Our dojo is managed by an all volunteer board of dojo members. The current board members are:

President: Jerry Steiert

Vice President: Steve Gregor

Secretary: Lee Crawford

Treasurer: Warren Schramm

Member at Large: Marianne Baker

Meet Our Instructors

Lee Crawford, Sensei

6th Dan, Chief Instructor

Lee Crawford Sensei, 6th Dan, is Chief Instructor at Aikido Northshore. Crawford Sensei began her aikido training in 1980 under the direction of Akira Tohei Shihan at the University of Wisconsin Aikido Club. After relocating to Seattle in 1988, she became the Assistant Chief Instructor for George Ledyard Sensei at Aikido Eastside in Bellevue, WA. In 1995 Crawford Sensei opened Aikido Northshore in Kirkland, WA.

Crawford Sensei has trained extensively under the direct instruction of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. She also includes Kevin Choate Sensei and Patty Saotome Sensei as having strong influences on her aikido.

In 2014 Crawford Sensei was awarded the Ueshiba Juku designation by Saotome Shihan. This honor identifies those who are in a direct line of succession from O'Sensei through Saotome Shihan.

Josh Drachman, Sensei

6th Dan

Josh Drachman has over 30 years of Aikido experience and has been actively training under Saotome Shihan since 1995. He is a Rokudan in ASU, a member of Ueshiba Juku and on the ASU Board of Directors. He began his Aikido training under Saotome Shihan in 1982 and trained at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington, D.C. from 1982-1984, the Aikido Hombu Dojo in Tokyo from 1985-1991, under numerous shihan including Yamaguchi Sensei, Endo Sensei and Masuda Sensei. He is a yudansha in two forms of Karate (Soshinkan and Shotokan), a yudansha in Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu (Ginjukai and Roppokai), and an active practitioner of internal power training under Dan Harden and T’ai Chi energetics under Scott Meredith.

Billie Steiert, 4th Dan, Senior Instructor


Mike Hunter, 4th Dan, Senior Instructor


Mary Hunter, 3rd Dan, Senior Instructor


George Cannon, 2nd Dan

Children's Classes

Marianne Baker, 2nd Dan

Children's Classes

Steve Gregor, 2nd Dan

Adult Basics

Warren Schramm, 1st Dan

Adult Basics