Claude Berthiaume is a 7th dan Shihan (master instructor certified through Doshu, Hombu Dojo). He has been the chief instructor of Aikido de la Montagne since it was founded in 1989. He is supported by a team of senior instructors including the two other founding members, Robert Saad Shihan 7th dan et Pierre Fortin 6th dan, as well as additional high-ranking students.
Claude Berthiaume is a Board Member of the United States Aikido Federation and a member of its Technical Committee which is comprised of a select number of Shihan who have dedicated their lives to the practice and instruction of Aikido. He is a highly-respected instructor who is often invited to give seminars internationally.
Loyal to the heart of the dojo, he pays special attention to beginners and to their training in aikido and iaido.