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.
Billie Steiert, 4th Dan, Senior Instructor
Mike Hunter, 4th Dan, Senior Instructor
Mary Hunter, 3rd Dan, Senior Instructor
George Cannon, 2nd Dan
Marianne Baker, 2nd Dan
Steve Gregor, 3rd Dan
Warren Schramm, 2nd Dan