Penny Sablove Sensei, 4th dan
Penny Sensei began her training in 1980, captivated by the beauty of the physical movement. Now, after more than three decades of training, she is still amazed at how "every movement reverberates with significance on many levels at once." Penny's primary teacher has been Linda Holiday Sensei. In addition, Motomichi Anno Sensei, 8th dan, Shingu, Japan, and Mary Heiny Sensei have also been important teachers for her. Penny relishes the art of teaching and strives to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and support in the dojo. In addition, she is a physical therapist by profession and she uses her awareness of human body mechanics to help make aikido more accessible to a wider range of people. Penny has taught aikido seminars and classes in Germany, Finland and California.
Marc Cohen, 3rd dan
Marc Cohen started training in aikido in 1990. He began a class for exercise and self-defense at his workplace, and was immediately drawn to Aikido's spiritual aspects and emphasis on peace. He was fortunate enough to find Penny Sablove Sensei who has been his primary teacher and great friend for decades. Marc enjoys teaching and sharing aikido. "I'm constantly amazed by aikido's endless avenues of investigation. It never gets boring, and even when you've been training for decades, there are always deeper levels and something that's new and interesting." Marc has been a member our dojo since its inception, in 1995.
Alex Gologorsky, 3rd dan
Alex began studying Aikido in 1992. Starting at Aikido of Noe Valley, he continued his training at Aikido of Santa Cruz in 1994 and has been a member of Heart of San Francisco Aikido since 1998. What drew him to aikido is its focus on peaceful conflict resolution and a win-win approach. Today, Alex continues to study how this aspect of aikido is reflected in open hand techniques and weapons work, as well as in daily life. Alex’s teaching and training are inspired by Linda Holiday Sensei, chief instructor of Aikido of Santa Cruz and a frequent seminar teacher at our dojo. “She reminds me to breathe, flow, welcome each moment and continue to polish myself as a human being."
Kathy Klausner, 3rd dan
Kathy Klausner started training in 1983 at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado where she was a student majoring in Movement Studies. "I loved the fact that it was a philosophy as well as a physical practice." Over the years, Kathy continued her training in several other dojos - Aikido In, Aikido of Noe Valley and Aikido West. She trained through both of her pregnancies, taking a 7 year hiatus when her children were young. Kathy has been training at Heart of San Francisco Aikido since 2010. She enjoys teaching, and serves as the coordinator for the beginner program. What keeps her training? "Aikido is all about connecting and I think I just really like connecting to people. And it's fun."
Kenneth Baker, 3rd dan
"Not long after beginning to practice, I heard aikido described in terms that chimed with what I had initially been looking for — 'exercise with meaning.' That meaning has been unfolding in my experience on and off the mat ever since." Introduced to aikido by a dancer/performance artist friend, Kenneth has practiced since 1978 (with a six-year hiatus in the '80s), including sustained training with senseis John Saviano, David O'Neill, and Penny Sablove. Kenneth has taught aikido in San Franciso for more than 15 years, at Aikido In and Heart of San Francisco Aikido. He offered a for-credit course, "Aikido as a Critical Path," at California College of the Arts from 1999 through 2005. Art critic for The San Francisco Chronicle since 1985, Kenneth has also published two books on 20th century art.