The founders of Fearless Heart Aikido, Helen Tai and John McDevitt, are both 4th Degree black belts and Birankai certified instructors (shidoin).
Helen began her Aikido training in 1994 under Art Benjamin Sensei (6th Dan, Chief Instructor at Aikido of Evanston) and continued with George Lyons Sensei (6th Dan, shihan, Chief Instructor at Bucks County Aikido).
Helen is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Penn State University. She is the founder of Enabling Innovation, a consulting company focused on business process improvement and is also a Solebury Township Supervisor.
John began his Aikido training in 2001 with George Lyons Sensei (6th Dan, shihan, Chief Instructor at Bucks County Aikido). He is on the board of directors of Birankai North America.
John is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and Northwestern University. He spent over 20 years designing and developing new products and packaging for major global companies including Johnson & Johnson and Kraft Foods. He is a full time sculptor (see website).
We wish to express our profound gratitude to O-Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba), George Lyons Sensei, Art Benjamin Sensei, Chiba Sensei, Saotome Sensei and all our Aikido teachers for bringing the beautiful art of Aikido to us. We also thank our fellow aikidoka (training partners), who through the years have put up with our clumsiness, ego, and other unintended lack of awareness. We are the better for it.
Fearless Heart Aikido is a member of Birankai North America, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting quality instruction and practice of the martial way of Aikido. Click here for more information.