This year Pat Shihan will be celebrating her 42nd year in Aikido. Within two years of starting Aikido she had moved to Iwama, Japan to study under Morihiro Saito Shihan and returned over 25 times.
In total Pat Shihan spend six years living as Uchi Deshi in Iwama. Apart from his son and successor Hitohira
Saito Sensei, she spent more time over more decades training with Morihiro Saito Shihan than any other student and was awarded Menkyo Kaiden in both Weapons and Tai Jutsu.
While remaining true to her Iwama lineage Pat Shihan has always supported Aikikai Foundation and Hombu Dojo. In 2013 Pat was awarded the rank of 7th Dan directly from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and was awarded Shihan in 2015.
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