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Stephan Acosta Sensei, Instructor – Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

West Linn Ki Aikido is proud to announce the recent promotion of Stephan (Steve) Acosta, 1st Dan of the Oregon Ki Society. Acosta Sensei is no stranger to West Linn Dojo. He was one of the 2 founding students and has been here since day one. For nearly 4 years he served faithfully as a teacher’s assistant to Ward Sensei in both children’s classes and adult classes. He has helped Ward Sensei build the dojo literally with his bare hands: from the days of setting up & tearing down in the community center, to volunteering hundreds of hours helping to teach kids & adults, to putting up drywall & paint.

Acosta Sensei was promoted to 1st degree black belt in the martial art of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido after 6 years of training and assisting. He retains the rank of Jokyu (pre-BlackBelt) in Ki Development. Acosta Sensei is a direct student of Robert Hart Sensei (7th degree dan) and Louis Sloss Sensei (7th degree dan) of the Oregon Ki Society. He began & continues his training at the Northwest Ki Federation headquarters in Tigard, Oregon.

Diverse martial arts background

Steve Acosta has cross trained in other martial arts such as Kendo (Japanese competitive sword fighting) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He came to Aikido later in life as a way to learn how to relax his mind and body while staying active in a martial art.

Family Man & Mechanic Extraordinaire

Steve Acosta Sensei is a resident of Lake Oswego, married, with a teenage son & daughter (his daughter Alana also trains at West Linn Dojo). Acosta Sensei has been a heavy duty mechanic for most of his career, with his most recent position as a Manager at Greyhound in Portland, Oregon.

My Goal

Steve Acosta Sensei’s goal is to help Ward Sensei continue growing the West Linn dojo community while spreading the teachings of Tohei Sensei. After so many years serving as the assistant to Ward Sensei, no one knows the families and students of our dojo better. Acosta Sensei looks forward to growing as a teacher in his own right.