Tom walks the warrior path as a practitioner of compassionate self-defense. He is the Founder and Chief Instructor of East Bay Aikido in Oakland, CA. Having taught for more than 40 years, Tom is an insightful guide who, with humor and beauty, assists people in tapping into the power inherent in their own centeredness and presence. His classes emphasize bringing the metaphors of a martial practice into our daily lives as a source of strength and guidance. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt and a veteran of the Vietnam era.