Instructors

Chief Instructor Patrick A. Gaucher is a member of the United States Aikido Federation, in which he holds the rank of Sandan and a Fukushidoin teaching certificate. He began studying Aikido under Harvey Konigsbeg Shihan of Woodstock Aikido in 2003 and found his imagination was immediately captured by his Sensei’s power, grace and meditative countenance. Patrick also studies extensively with Bob Wilcox Shidoin of Kingston Aikido, whose technical proficiency and expansiveness on the mat have further shaped his own interpretations of effective Aikido. Patrick’s method of teaching seeks to communicate to each of his students a way in which Aikido can work for them. He traces his lineage directly back to the founder of Aikido through Konigsberg Shihan, who studies under Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan of The New York Aikikai, who was a direct student of O-Sensei.
Patrick Gaucher
 
Children’s program director Arielle Herman became enthralled with Aikido the moment she first watched a female student taking break-falls through the air and laughing the whole way down. This joyfulness and exuberance is a model that she herself tries to maintain in both her training and teaching styles. A member of the United States Aikido Federation, she received her Nidan under Harvey Konigsberg Shihan of Woodstock Aikido, with whom she currently studies. Arielle also studies extensively under Bob Wilcox Shidoin of Kingston Aikido. Previous to studying Aikido, she attained the rank of Shodan in the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.
 

Kevin Masters has been training regularly in Aikido since 2002 as a student of Harvey Konigsberg Shihan of Woodstock Aikido. He was first introduced to aikido from reading Koichi Tohei’s Book of Ki years before ever seeing an aikido class. A few years later he saw a demo held by members of Woodstock Aikido and was hooked. Kevin is an avid student of the jo (short staff) and incorporates that in his weekly aiki jo class.

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders”
-Lao Tzu

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Wandering Sensei Brian Mizerak has been practicing Aikido since 1983 and has been an instructor since 1987. He holds the rank of 6th degree black belt and is a Shidoin, USAF certified instructor, He trained originally with Irvin Faust Shihan of Albany Aikido who gave him a solid base of movement which has allowed him to blend what he has learned from various other instructors. He has trained for more than 10 years under Harvey Konigsberg Shihan of Woodstock Aikido, who has been instrumental in taking his understanding of Aikido to the next level. He currently instructs weekly at Woodstock Aikido, occasionally at Kingston Aikido, as an ongoing guest instructor at Albany Aikido, and teaches a yearly seminar at Adirondack Aikido. Rivertide Aikikai is honored to have Brian lead our class the second Tuesday of every month.
Brian Mizerak
 

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