Shihan Fest Coming In July To Aikido Schools of NJ

The Aikido Schools Of New Jersey (ASNJ), located at 324 West Westfield Avenue, will be holding a Summer Shihan Fest from July 12th – 13th. The two days of instruction will feature eight (8) Shihan-tachi from the USAF (United States Aikido Federation).

The Shihan-tachi – having over 300 years of collective experience – who will be instructing are:

DAN (Black Belt Degree)
Hal Lehrman, Jr.
7th Dan
Aikido of Park Slope
David Halprin
7th Dan
Farmingham Aikikai
Ray Farinato
6th Dan
Aikido of Fairfield County
Douglas Firestone
6th Dan
Aikido of Westchester
Joel Posluns
6th Dan
North Vancouver Aikikai
Irvin Faust
6th Dan
Albany Aikido
Joe Nemeth
6th Dan
Aikido of Nassau County
Richard Stickles
7th Dan
Aikido Schools of New Jersey

A shihan is a master teacher in Aikido and is a high ranking sensei.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in 1926 that derived techniques from Jujitsu and Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you, placing emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

Anyone wanting more information on the event or ASNJ can visit their web site (link), Facebook page (link), or visit their location across the street from the Church of Assumption on Westfield Avenue.