Other Instructors

In addition to our Chief Instructor George Ledyard Shihan, and our two Assistant Chief Instructors Josh Drachman Sensei and Kevin Lam Sensei, Aikido Eastside has a wide range of excellent instructors on the regular teaching schedule.


Alex NakamuraAlex Nakamura Sensei – 5th Dan

Director of Beginners Program

Tuesday: Aikido Fundamentals Class




Ichiro Ota - Aikido - 4th DanIchiro Ota – 4th Dan


Thursday: Aikido Fundamentals Class




Jeff StrandJeff Strand Sensei – 4th Dan

Director of Kids Program

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Kids Classes
Friday: Aikido Fundamentals Class




Katherine Derbyshire - Aikido - 3rd DanKatherine Derbyshire – 3rd Dan

Substitute Instructor





Gina Drachman – 3rd Dan






Ben Wickre – 3rd Dan