Alumni Instructors
Eugene Taylor (yondan, Founder and Chief Instructor Emeritus of the HAC) holds a BA and MA in general/experimental psychology and Asian studies and a PhD in the history and philosophy of psychology. He is on the Executive Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and at the same time holds appointments as a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and as a Senior Psychologist on the Psychiatry Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been a student of Aikido for twenty-seven years. He was first introduced to Aikido by the California transpersonal psychologist Robert Frager and began his formal training in Dallas, Texas in 1975. He earned his kyu ranks in Ki-Society Aikido under William Sosa, Roy Suenaka, Rod Kobayashi, Fumiyo Toyoda, and Koichi Tohei, occasionally trained as a wandering student in Arizona with John Takagi and in California with Robert Nadeau, and finally took his black belts under Mitsunari Kanai-shihan in Hombu style Aikido. Presently, he holds the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt). He founded the Harvard Aikido Club in 1981 and is a shidoin (instructor) in the United States Aikido Federation. Aikido, a non-violent martial art, the goal of which is universal disarmament and world peace, is his answer to William James's call one hundred years ago for a moral equivalent of war. Taylor-sensei served as chief instructor of the HAC until 2005, and the Harvard Aikikai would like to thank Taylor-sensei for all of his valuable contributions and sacrifices he made during the 20 plus years of his tenure.

Eugene Chang (sandan) began training in 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii under Sadao Yoshioka, the first American to be promoted to shihan. He trained in Honolulu until 1972 when he moved to Cambridge to attend MIT. In Cambridge, he trained under Mitsunari Kanai-shihan and has received his black belt ranks from Kanai-shihan. He joined the Harvard Aikido Club as co-instructor in 1986.

Jeff Bayliss (sandan) started practicing Aikido in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, in 1989. He later relocated to the city of Sendai and joined the Aikido club at Miyagi University of Education, where he was enrolled in a master's program. He successfully tested for the rank of shodan with the MUE club in 1993, under Satoshi Okazaki-shihan of the Aikikai. He entered the graduate school at Harvard in 1995, at which time he joined the Harvard Aikido Club under the guidance of Eugene Taylor-sensei and Eugene Chang-sensei. From 1998 to 2001 he lived in Tokyo in order to carry out research for a dissertation in Japanese history, and while there had the accidental good fortune of living very close to the dojo of Yasuo Kobayashi-shihan, under whose guidance he tested for the rank of sandan in 2000. Jeff joined the faculty at Trinity College in 2004.

Michael Pak (nidan), with previous training in taekwondo, hapkido, judo, wrestling, and boxing, began aikido at Harvard, in the fall of 1997, under the guidance of Taylor-sensei and Chang-sensei. Subsequently, he began attending aikido classes at the MIT Aikido Club regularly as well, thus receiving additional instructions from Dick Stroud-sensei. In May 2002 Michael tested for shodan in Montréal and was granted the rank by Kanai-shihan and Yamada-shihan. Michael has a doctorate in history from Harvard and teaches at Harvard and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.

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