Teachers

Jaff is Head Instructor of Ecole de Budo RAJI - International. He joins us throughout the year from France on his regular seminar schedule. Michael, Rick and Neil are based in Portland. They train and teach aikido fulltime at the dojo.

Jaff Raji - Head instructor

Jaff has been a fulltime Budo student and instructor for more than 20 years. He is ranked Godan in Aikido, Kuden in Iaido, and Shomokuroku in Jodo. He teaches seminars year round on an international schedule that includes more than 15 countries.

He studied aikido with Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and traveled to many seminars as his assistant. Jaff studies Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido with M Tiki Shewan Sensei, and Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo with Pascal Krieger Sensei.

In addition to leading Ecole de Budo RAJI, Jaff is an instructor of the European Federations of JODO and IAIDO. Previously he was National Technical Manager for the French Federation of Aikido and Budo (F.F.A.B).

Michael Selin - Advanced Instructor

Michael Aaron Selin was born December 7th, 1966, in Gainesville, Florida. He is married and has a daughter and a son. He has trained in many different martial arts for varying periods of time, but finally found his true path when he met Jaff Raji near the end of December in 2000.

Michael began training Judo in Taiwan under Tsai Sensei in 1989. He continued in this training and received Shodan with the USJI in Paramus, New Jersey, under Harry Glackin Sensei in 1997. During this same period, Michael began training Aikido in 1991 under Lee Ching Nan Sensei in Taiwan, and received Shodan with the Taiwan Aikido Federation and the Aikikai in Japan in 1994.

Rick Bortnick - Instructor

Rick is a lifelong athlete who has studied martial arts for more than 25 years. He is a sandan in Aikido who has taught adults and children for the past 11 years.

Neil Lofgren - Instructor

Neil brings a long and diverse background to his classes at Ecole de Budo. He actively attends seminars with Jaff Raji Sensei and other recognized instructors throughout the year. In addition, his travels have allowed him to train with a large variety of teachers at their own dojos across the US and abroad. This network of dojos is like a large family and Neil appreciates the warm welcome that he receives from Aikidoka around the world. After seventeen years of dedicated study, Neil is constantly amazed by how much there still is to learn, and by the huge wealth of experience available to anyone who seeks it.

Matt Wood - Instructor

"It doesn't seem like I've been training for 17 years - more like a heartbeat."