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Mark Winkworth Sensei, 5th degree black belt (godan) Shin Budo Kai and head instructor at Durango Shin Budo Kai. Mark began aikido in Albuquerque in 1994 under Wade Ishimoto Sensei. In 1996 when Ishimoto Sensei moved away, he helped establish a new dojo location and continued practicing under Jim Redel Sensei, receiving his Shodan in 1998. In 2000 Mark moved to Durango and in 2003 and after practicing with various local groups, he helped establish Durango Shin Budo Kai in 2003. He was promoted to godan in 2016 by Imaizumi Sensei.
Steve Self, 4th degree black belt (yondan), began his study of aikido in The Bay Area of California in 1979, practiced a bit in the Hudson Valley of NY in the 80s, San Francisco, and more consistently in Mill Valley with Richard Heckler, Wendy Palmer and George Leonard Senseis in the 1990s. He resumed practice in Durango in 2001. He co-founded Durango Shin-Budo Kai Aikido and the first few years hosted practice in his home dojo. He is an instructor for DSBK Aikido, guides the Ki Development class and the flowing aikido class.
Philip Riffe, 4th degree black belt (yondan). In 1991 he walked into the Shin Budo Kai dojo in Austin, Texas and saw an aikido class. It was love at first sight. Philip moved to Durango in 2015 to join Durango Shin Budo Kai. He has taught the kids class, Introduction to Aikido class, and has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President and is currently Treasurer.
Jenny Mason, 2nd degree black belt (nidan), discovered aikido in 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She stumbled upon a class working through jodo katas (specifically Muso Ryu Jo Awase) and fell instantly head-over-heels in love with the art. Jenny trained initially with Sensei Ralph Bryan. After living abroad for a year, she relocated to Durango and resumed training with Sensei Mark Winkworth. She received her shodan (first-degree black belt) in 2015. For six years, Jenny served as the DSBK Board of Directors President. She teaches beginner aikido classes, fundamental weapons classes, and ukemi practice. Outside of class, she loves helping students prepare for kyu tests.