Young teachers biographies

Christine Cornell 2nd Dan

Christine started training at Two Cranes Aikido at 6 years old. She received her Shodan in 2017 and Nidan in 2019. While away in college she trains at Aikido of Ashland and has taught numerous adult classes on zoom since covid . 

Kathryn Andersen Shodan

Kathryn started training at Two Cranes Aikido at 6 years old. In 2017 she received her Shodan. She assisted with kids classes for three years, and now trains via zoom from college. 

Jasper Willson Shodan 

Jasper has been training at Two Cranes Aikido for 10 years, receiving her 1st degree Dan last fall. While she misses training in person, online training due to Covid has allowed her to be able to stay connected while she begins college. She can't wait to be back on the mat in person soon.

Cai Horn Nikyu

Cai started with us in 4th grade and has been training through middle and high school. He loves working with the kids, and has been assisting in their classes for the past 4 years. He's now working towards his black belt as he prepares to go off to college.

Alex Gholz 2nd Dan

Alex started Aikido in 2013 after witnessing a New Year's demonstration by Mary Heiny Sensei and Kimberly Richardson Sensei. He continues to train at Two Cranes Aikido and for the past three years has been an instructor within the Teen's and Children's programs. Since covid he has been teaching  the Adult weapons class. He holds a shodan rank in Aikibojitsu.

Nico Secunda 3rd Dan

Nico Secunda began his study of Aikido at a young age in Santa Cruz and continues as a student of Linda Holiday Sensei. For over 26 years he has dedicated himself to the teachings of Aikido and to embodying the spirit of nature through his movement. As a close student of Motomichi Anno Shihan (8th Dan), Nico has journeyed to Japan many times to deepen his practice and connection with the roots of Aikido. Nico is a regular instructor at Aikido of Santa Cruz and has also been an assistant instructor in the Dojo youth program for over a decade. He is a member of the Aikido for Tomorrow initiative, striving to support the future generations of Aikido practitioners around the globe.