Bernice Tom Sensei is a direct disciple of Morihiro Saito Shihan and holder of the Menkyo Kaiden in Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo. She was invited to teach Iwama Style Weapons at Sunset Cliffs Aikido in the mid eighties, and in 1990 she became SCA’s Chief Instructor.
For the past two and half decades, Tom Sensei has dedicated herself to the dissemination of Aikido and makes every effort to pass the Iwama System to her students as it was passed down by Saito Shihan. Through her efforts, and the efforts of her students, SCA has become one of the few dojos where the Iwama curriculum is practiced in its entirety.
Today, Bernice Tom Sensei serves on the board of directors of the Takemusu Aikido Association and continues to teach seven days per week: Iwama Weapons and taijutsu four mornings a week and Advanced Aikido Classes three evenings per week.