Karen Lewis Sensei, Instructor – Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
West Linn Ki Aikido is proud to announce Karen Lewis, 1st Dan of the Oregon Ki Society as one of it’s newest instructors. Karen Lewis was recently promoted to a first degree black belt in the martial art of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido at the Oregon Ki Society headquarters in Tigard, Oregon. Lewis Sensei also retains a rank of Shoden (1st degree Black Belt) in Ki Development. Lewis Sensei is a graduate of the Ki Society’s Personal Kiatsu School and is a direct student of Jon Maxson Sensei (6th degree dan), Robert Hart Sensei (7th degree dan), Louis Sloss Sensei (7th degree dan). Lewis Sensei has been selected to join the New Instructor’s Apprenticeship program training directly under Calvin Tabata Sensei (8th degree dan) of the Northwest Ki Feredation over the next two years. She began & continues her training at the Northwest Ki Federation headquarters in Tigard, Oregon. Lewis Sensei has trained in Ki Society dojos across Oregon, Hawaii and Canada.
Life Long Teacher and Fine Artist.
Karen Lewis Sensei is a resident of West Linn and married to her husband Rick. She grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from West Virginia University and spent her career as a school teacher. She is now a self-employed fine artist who combined her experience as a teacher with her passion for painting to regularly hold painting classes in the Portland area. In addition to her decade of training in Aikido and Kiatsu, Lewis Sensei also trains regularly in Yoga.
Karen Lewis Sensei’s goal is to help continue growing the West Linn dojo community while spreading the teachings of Tohei Sensei. She is excited to develop our Women’s Kiatsu program and plans to open an Aikido class for seniors in 2018.