Her rank was awarded under the auspices of Hombu dojo with the support of Suginami Aikikai.
She began aikido at San Jose State University with Jack Wada-Sensei and continued learning from him at Aikido of San Jose for ten years.
She moved to Arizona and began Desert Willow Aikido. She enjoyed training with Kokoro Aikido at Martial Arts of Tucson with David Shanstrom and his students. She also enjoys Aikido of Tucson with Mike Hazard-Sensei and the lovely folks at Aikido of Phoenix.
She trained with Kato-Sensei over 15 years during several trips to Japan, a trip to Europe, her gasshuku in Arizona, and several trips in California. He hosted her for a visit to Hombu dojo in Tokyo, where she has trained with Dosshu a few very memorable times.
At her dojo in Mammoth, Arizona, she volunteers locally with underprivileged youth, teaches aikido classes, and hosts retreat seminars featuring the gorgeous Arizona wilderness.