Featuring Montérégie Aikikai’s Joshua Layton, 5th dan, Shidoin and Marilène Gélinas, 2nd dan Fukushidoin
Sunday, March 10, 2019 10:30am – 2:30pm.

About Layton and Gélinas Senseis:
Joshua Layton is a full-time professional Aikido instructor and Chief Instructor of Montérégie Aikikai in Longueuil, Québec. Joshua has devoted his life to the practice and teaching of Aikido since 1999, and has studied under eminent teachers from Japan, the US and Canada. He continues training under the guidance of Y. Yamada Sensei, 8th dan, a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido. Joshua is also a teacher of the traditional martial art of Japanese swordsmanship, Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, which he began under the late M. Kanai Sensei, 8th dan.

Marilène Gélinas is a founding member and an instructor at Montérégie Aikikai. She began her Aikido training in 2006 and has practiced intensively since the beginning, learning from many teachers including her husband Joshua. To deepen her training she regularly takes part in seminars at her home dojo, across North America and abroad.


Featuring Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th dan, Shihan and Steve Pimsler, 7th dan Shihan
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Aikido of Westchester celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 3, 2017. We're grateful to our special guest instructors Yoshimitsu Yamada shihan and Steve Pimsler shihan for leading this very special seminar, and to all of our friends who joined us for a day of practice and festivities.

– Douglas and Sylvie Firestone

20th Anniversary

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Post class group picture taken 11/19/16 | Photo: Tamara Magnitsky

Featuring Claire Keller, 6th dan of NY Aikikai.

SATURDAY, November 19, 2016
Thanksgiving potluck party to follow.
Seminar fee $40

Claire began her study of aikido in 1980. During her time on the mat, Claire has been fortunate to study intensively with a number of O Sensei's direct students: Chiba Sensei, Kanai Sensei, Yamada Sensei and Sugano Sensei and many of these great teachers' senior students like Hal Lehrman Sensei.

A 6th dan shidoin, Claire began teaching in the late 1980s and also teaches at New York Aikikai and Aikido of Red Bank. Claire also teaches seminars around the U.S. and in the Dominican Republic and continues practicing regularly.

Her practice of aikido is dedicated to developing her capacity for healing both physically and emotionally.

Featuring Laura Jacobs Pavlick, 6th dan, chief Instructor of Litchfield Hills Aikikai.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 1–3:30pm

Laura Pavlick Sensei began practising Aikido in 1981 at the New York Aikikai (NYA) under Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th dan. As a shodan, she was assigned to teach a regularly scheduled class at NYA while also taking several classes daily. In the early 1990s she moved to northwestern Connecticut and opened Litchfield Hills Aikikai, in Bantam, Ct where she has been Chief Instructor since its inception.

Pavlick Sensei's classes left us all inspired. Post class group picture taken 9/10/16 | Photo: Tamara Magnitsky

SATURDAY, May 7, 2016  11AM-2:30PM

The Dynamic Duo, aka Bobbie Velez, 3rd dan and Chuck Mensh, 5th dan of NY Aikikai are bringing an exciting day of training to Aikido of Westchester Saturday, May 7. The classes will be followed by a post seminar Happy Hour at the dojo. 

End of Winter seminar group photo, March 5, 2016 | Photo: Tamara Magnitsky

Featuring Sharon Silberstein Dominguez, 5th dan, shidoin, of NY Aikikai

SATURDAY, March 5, 2016  11AM-2:30PM

Sharon Dominguez was introduced to aikido in 1984 by Masahilo M. Nakazono sensei while studying kototama medicine as his protégé in New Mexcio. In 1988 Dominguez sensei enrolled at the New York Aikikai where she fully immersed herself in the art.

“At the time, as members of the New York Aikikai, we didn't know what we had" she recalls, "two shihans at their peak, senior students who are now shihans training and teaching frequently. Turns out, something special was going on. It was awfully rough and tumble in those days. While I was drawn to the dynamic and beautiful technique of Yamada sensei and still am, it was Sugano sensei who blew me away. Yamada sensei was on the road a fair amount and Sugano sensei, who held up the fort, was a major influence on us. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I had less of an idea what Sugano sensei was doing. I barely understood his Kermit-meets-Yoda way of speaking, but to see all the energy he was generating, his transcendent, kind nature, I knew he was a perfect complement to Nakazono sensei.

My approach and understanding of Aikido today is very much the product of being a 30 year practitioner of Kototama Medicine along with all the influences I've been fortunate to absorb. Flow of life energy in balance awakens me. I believe that Aikido is transcendence, a system to realize who and what we truly are. Practiced with a clear spirit from the heart can connect you to your true self, become one with your partner and flow with the universal laws. We transcend our limited beliefs, our illusions, to become love. It is getting in touch with the creator inside us and within others through the infinity flow of life energy. That is what I was taught by Nakazono sensei learning the medicine and experienced it with Sugano sensei. Divisiveness is the grand illusion. We lost an understanding of who and what we are. Aikido is a vehicle to restore that awareness.”

2015 Fall seminar group photo, November 14, 2015 | Photo: Tamara Magnitsky

Featuring Jerry Zimmerman, 6th dan, shidoin, of Aikido North Jersey

SATURDAY, November 14, 2015  11AM-2:30PM
Please join us for a fun day of training with our friends from New Jersey. Jerry Zimmerman sensei is known for his strong, fundamental style and is sure to bring some good spirited energy on the mat. See you there!

Seminar fee $40 with Potluck to follow. 


Featuring Shihans Barbara Britton, 6th dan & David Halprin, 7th dan

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015  11AM-2:30PM
Aikido of Westchester will be turning 18 this August 2015!
Come celebrate with us!

Featuring NY Aikikai's Claire Keller, 6th dan

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015, 11AM-2:15PM
We hope you will join us this spring for our first seminar of the year. We are really looking forward to having Claire teach two excellent classes followed by a delicious potluck. The seminar fee is $40. Mark your calendars!  



SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015 @ 11:45AM
Join us for a 1-hour introductory workshop focusing on an entry level overview of Japanese swordsmanship, along with a fun practice session of gekken.



SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015 @ 11:30AM
Join us for an introductory Aikido class. You do not need to be physically fit or have martial art experience to participate, you only have to bring loose fitting exercise clothing and arrive at least 15 minutes before the class to register. Simply show up with an open mind and we promise you will have fun.

This session is open to all over 12 years of age. There is no obligation to join the membership.

For more information about this workshop, contact us »