Craig Fife Sensei is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Northwest. Fife Sensei’s Aikido training began in 1973 in Boise, Idaho. Fife Sensei currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt), from the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. This rank was awarded to him by his teacher, Frank Doran Shihan, Nanadan (7th degree black belt), California Aikido Association Division II head and chief instructor of Aikido West.

In addition to Fife Sensei’s personal study of Aikido, he has been actively teaching Aikido to others since 1980. Fife Sensei continually develops his Aikido skills and understanding through a variety of means. In addition to being a student of Doran Shihan, Fife Sensei frequently attends Aikido seminars and workshops throughout the Western United States. In addition to his Aikido training, Fife Sensei has also been a student of Iaido since 1990 and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) from the All United States Kendo Federation. Finally, beyond the walls of the Aikido Northwest dojo, Fife Sensei also teaches Aikido in a variety of local schools, from elementary to college levels.

In addition to the chief instructor, Aikido Northwest also has several assistant instructors. They each hold yudansha (black belt) ranking from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.