Chief Instructor

Sensei Frank McGouirk, 7th Dan, Shihan

Frank McGouirk was promoted to first-dan in 1965 by Koichi Tohei Sensei. McGouirk founded Aikido-Ai of Southern California, Inc. in 1981. He received Tai Chi certification from Grand Master Sifu Y. M. Cheng in 1981. He co-founded the Whittier Dharma Kai Zen Center with Zen Master Ji Bong in 1983 and currently is the center's Abbot. McGouirk studied Qigong at Huaxia Zhineng Hospital in China. He received Qigong certification in 1998 from Qigong Master Luke Chan. Sensei McGouirk has hosted the annual Aikido Ai Memorial Weekend Retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center continuously since 1982.


He is pleased to be associated with his teacher, Frank Doran, and proud of his son, Billy McGouirk, 5th Dan, who is also Doran's student.

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