Chuck Hauk is the dojo-cho (chief instructor) of Aikido of Eugene, which is the aikido program at Best Martial Arts Insitute.
Hauk Sensei began his martial arts training in 1970, studying Shotokan Karate under Blake Okimoto Sensei in Claremont, California. He began his Aikido training in 1977 at Pasadena Aikikai under the instruction of Gene Anderson Sensei, while regularly training also with Francis Takahashi Sensei at Alhambra Aikikai.
In 1979, he was a student of Frank McGouirk Sensei during the founding of Aikido Ai of Southern California. In 1980, he moved to Eugene and soon thereafter assisted Glenn Bluestone Sensei (former uchi deshi to Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Hachidan, 8th degree black belt) in starting Aikido Northwest.
In 1987, Hauk Sensei began a long association with Tom Read Sensei, Chief Instructor of Northcoast Aikido in Arcata, California, and former student of the late Michio Hikitsuchi Shihan (Judan, 10th degree black belt) in Japan. During this period, Hauk Sensei assisted his long-time training partner, Daryl Berlie Sensei, in teaching Aikido classes at the University of Oregon Aikido Club.
Having known Frank Doran Shihan since 1978, Hauk Sensei formally became his student in 2002, coinciding with becoming Chief Instructor for Aikido of Eugene. Hauk Sensei currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) from the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. This rank was awarded to him by Frank Doran Shihan, Nanadan (7th degree black belt), California Aikido Association Division II head and Chief Instructor of Aikido West in Redwood City, California.
PacMAC Instructor – 2007- 2017