Lisa Tomoleoni holds the rank of Roku Dan (6th dan), received directly from Moriteru Ueshiba, Aikido Doshu. She spent over 13 years in Japan training at the Aikido World Headquarters and teaching Aikido professionally at a dojo in Tokyo. Tomoleoni Sensei is Director of the Aikido Shimbokukai, an organization Officially Recognized by the Aikikai Foundation and Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. She also has yudansha ranking in Judo and Iaido and is a member of the Kenshukan Dojo in Tokyo. Tomoleoni Sensei is a coauthor of the book "Along the Way", a collection of writings about training.
Michelle Tate holds the rank of Yon Dan (4th dan). She has been training since 1998. Tate Sensei has trained under the direction of many instructors, including a visit to Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo. She is a licensed acupuncturist and a published writer. Her books include "healing happens", "Souls Unravel", and "Along the Way". Tate Sensei also runs the meditation program at Abiding Spirit Center.
James Bator holds the rank of Yon Dan (4th dan). He has been training in Aikido since 1998. Bator Sensei has trained under a variety of instructors, both here and in Japan. He has also trained in Karate, Taichi, and Iaido. Bator Sensei is proficient in weaponry and has an avid interest in photography.
Rich Roberts holds the rank of Roku Dan (6th Dan). He has been training in Aikido since 1973, and has studied under a number of instructors, including Richard Reed Sensei, Akira Tohei Sensei and T.K. Chiba Sensei. Roberts Sensei received his shodan (first degree black belt) at Aikido World Headquarters in Japan in 1978. In 1989 he founded Oak Park Aikikai and was the instructor there for 23 years, until he "retired" to Hawaii. Upon returning to Illinois, he became a member of the Abiding Spirit Aikikai instruction team.