ASNJ Head Insructor, Joseph Roy, 4th dan
Aikido Schools of New Jersey is headed by Sensei Joseph Roy, 4th dan. Joseph was a live in student of Shihan Stickles for 4 years, then continued his internship for the next 11 years to best learn the Aikido of Richard Stickles. He heads the day-to-day running of the dojo, including curriculum.
Joseph Roy began his martial arts training with Shito Ryu Karate and Toyama Ryu Batto Jitsu under Sensei Charles Hobib in 1993. He has also trained in Traditional Chinese medicine and has worked as a massage therapist with a specialization in Japanese Shiatsu and Jin Shin Jitsu. In 2001, he began his training in Aikido under Shihan Rick Stickles and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido under the tutelage of Shihan Roger Wehrhahn. He served as uchi deshi (live in apprentice) at Aikido Schools of New Jersey from 2002 to 2006. During this time he studied Dzochen meditation and mindful awareness with acclaimed author and spiritual guru Dean Sluyter. Now as head instructor, Joseph teaches Aikido and Iaido, and heads the day-to-day operation of Aikido Schools of New Jersey. He is a certified Shidoin (instructor) by the United States aikido Federation.
“Aikido relates to all things in life. It is more than just a martial art; it is a way of life for the peaceful human being.”