Junior Deshi Program

To recognize and reward ASNJ students, ages 10-17, who make Aikido a focus of their lives, we have created the Junior Deshi Program.  “Deshi” is Japanese for disciple. This program is open to all junior students at ASNJ. Students must be invited by the Director of the Children’s Program as well as recommended by the student’s instructors.  This program is by invitation only and students must keep up with the requirements to stay in the program.  A candidate will need to perform a 6-month trial period prior to being fully accepted into the program.



  • 10 years of age or older

  • Regular attendance with, generally, no more than one absence a month

  • Is a Role model when in and out of the dojo

  • Knowledge of Aikido attacks and techniques

  • Mastery of Aikido basics

  • Works hard in all classes and sets an example of what being an Aikido student entails

  • Keeps a minimum of a B average in school


Students that are accepted into the Junior Deshi program will get the following:

  • An induction ceremony lead by Sensei during a dojo event after the trial period

  • Junior Deshi ‘Harmony’ patch to be worn on their gi

  • A certificate to memorialize all their hard work and membership

  • Junior Deshi only Monthly classes

  • Junior Deshi only Iaido classes

  • Upon completion of the program, a college recommendation letter outlining their accomplishments


Roles and Expectations

  • Take ukemi for the instructor during Children’s classes

  • Will be asked to lead class warm-ups

  • At the discretion of the instructor, Junior Deshi will be asked to teach Children’s classes with a mentor monitoring

  • Help other students in class

  • Work as partner/uke with all new students

  • Set an example in class in both attitude and dedication





Our Junior Deshi's


Jeremy Burt

Maddy Farrara

Naelys Lopez

Diego Nobre

Shanaia Puch

ASNJ is the oldest traditional aikido dojo in NJ. Founded in 1977 by Rick Stickles, Shihan. 25+ classes per week. 

Now under the guidance of Sensei Hal Lehrman, 7th dan Shihan.

©2017 Aikido Schools of New Jersey.  Member of the United States Aikido Federation.

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