Our founder, board chairman, and chief technical advisor at WAAI is Rev. Zenko N. Okimura, 7th dan Shihan. Okimura Shihan was born in Iwakuni, Japan, the eldest son of Bishop and Mrs. Eisho Okimura. 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. He currently holds the position of chief instructor at the Aikido Delaware Aikikai, the Aikido dojo in Newark, Delaware, which he founded.
Aside from his Aikido experience, Okimura Shihan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in education and religion. He also served under Bishop Eisho Okimura after attaining priesthood at Mount Koya Monastery in Wakayama, Japan.
Okimura Shihan brings a great deal of experience and spiritual depth to his teaching. We at WAAI consider ourselves blessed to be led by Shihan. His unwavering honesty and integrity are an inspiration to us all.