In Japanese the teaching staff are known as "Sensei". The term means "One who is born before" which is a way of saying that the Sensei started training before you did, and therefore has greater knowledge of Aikido, Budo, self-defense, and the martial arts in general.
The Sensei is supported in his efforts by Senior Sensei who generally are 5th degree black belt and above and by who are known as "Hatamoto"; an old Japanese term for "retainers" or "patrons" of the dojo.
The Founder of The Aikibudokan (L.F. Wilkinson Sensei) is an 8th Degree Black Belt in Aikido, a 6th Degree Black Belt in SMR Seitei Jodo, and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Kodokan Judo. He also has a background in TaeKwonDo, Tai Chi, and police tactics and has been training in the martial arts since 1969.
The Co-Founder (Lynn Wilkinson Sensei) is also the Dojo Cho (Dojo Manager). She has a 7th degree black belt in Aikido and a 4th Degree Black Belt in SMR Seitei Jodo. She also has a background in TaeKwonDo and karate and has been training in the martial arts for the last 40 years.
The Senior Sensei (Chris deBoisblanc) is 7th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and has been training in the martial arts for the last 40 years. He also has a background in TaeKwonDo and karate.
The Assistant Senior Sensei (Dino Huque) is 6th Degree Black Belt in Aikido. He has been in the martial arts for the last 25 years and has a broad background in Budo with his studies of Aikido, Judo, and advanced kata.
The 2nd Hatamoto (Grover Jackson) has been training in Aikido for over 25 years and was previously in Aikikai Aikido before beginning his study of Tomiki Ryu Aikido. He also trains and teaches in SMR Jodo so he has a broad background in Budo.
3rd Hatamoto is Doug Bourg who enjoys work especially with new deshi (students). As a teacher, his ideal is to enable the beginner to learn and excel in their study and all beginners should work with him to acquire a firm start in their training.