|Bernice Tom, 7th dan, began her training in 1974 . From 1975 to 2002 she made more than 10 visits to Iwama Japan to study with Saito Morihiro Shihan. She hosted Saito Senseiís visit to San Diego from 1988 to 1995. Saito Shihan awarded her the Menkyo Kaiden (complete system teaching certification) for Aiki-Weapons. She became Dojo Cho of Sunset Cliffs Aikido in 1990. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Takemusu Aikido Association. She is a TAA Certified Instructor Trainer.