Ed Henandez Sensei
Hernandez Sensei is currently ranked 4th Dan, Shidoin (certified instructor). He started training in Misawa, Japan in 1989. Shortly afterwards he moved to Rota, Spain where he met Gus Rodriguez Sensei, 5th Dan. He trained under the guidance of Rodriguez Sensei until 1994. He was awarded his 1st Dan by Yasunari Kitaura Shihan of the Asociacion Cultural Aikikai de Espana in 1994. From 1995 thru 2003 he trained in several dojos due to his military service in the Marine Corps. In 2004, He became the founding member of New River Aikikai, with Alex Peterson Sensei, 6th Dan, Shidoin in Jacksonville, North Carolina. During the summer of 2009, Hernandez Sensei moved to Tampa, Florida with his family and started New Tampa Aikido in May 2010. He continues to train under Birankai, North America by attending seminars and summer camps.
Mark Reid Sensei
While recovering from surgery in 1995, the book Aikido and the Harmony of Nature, set Reid Sensei on a lifetime study of aikido. During college, he trained under Irv Faust Sensei in Latham, NY and Lorraine DiAnne Shihan in West Springfield, MA. Since joining the Marine Corps, Reid Sensei has trained with teachers and systems within the aikido community across the U.S. and abroad. In 2014, he reintroduced aikido in Jacksonville, NC by founding Live Oak Aikikai under the supervision of his teacher, Alex Peterson Sensei (Summit Aikikai). Currently ranked sandan (third-degree black belt), Reid Sensei is a fukushidoin (assistant instructor) under Birankai North America and the International Aikido Federation.