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Lorraine DiAnne
6th Dan, Shihan, Westside Aikido

DiAnne Sensei has been doing aikido for over 30 years. She first studied with Tai Unno at University of Massachusetts in 1970. and later trained under Mitsunari Kanai and Yoshimitsu Yamada Senseis. She traveled to Japan in 1976 for training at Aikikai Hombu Dojo where also received private training from Kazuo Chiba. She returned to the U. S. in 1979 and opened Amherst Aikikai with Paul Sylvain. She was invited to become chief instructor of Aikido of Berkeley in 1985 to replace the late Steve Sasaki. She returned to the eastern U. S. in 1987 and opened her own dojo, Westside Aikido, in Springfield, Massachusetts in October of 1988. She is a member of U. S. Aikido Federation Western Region teaching committee and also holds a 6th dan in Iaido.

"When you take ukemi for somebody, you have to attack them for real. And when you attack somebody, you give your life. It's like you forget about holding back anything, it's just about you and your giving."

--- Lorraine DiAnne Sensei