Aikido Schools of New Jersey is an organization dedicated to the teaching of Aikido's techniques, philosophies, and related arts.
Aikido Schools of New Jersey is an organization dedicated to the teaching of Aikido's techniques, philosophies, and related arts, as handed down by its Founder, Master Moreihei Ueshiba . ASNJ is the oldest traditional Aikido dojo (school) in New Jersey and one of the oldest traditional Aikido dojos in the United States. Founded by Shihan Rick Stickles in 1977, ASNJ was one of the first dojos to join the United States Aikido Federation, under the direction of Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada. ASNJ and the USAF are directly affiliated with the Founder's dojo and the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. ASNJ is a full-time martial arts dojo open seven days a week. Its class schedule offers over 30 classes a week, instructing hand-to-hand Aikido, sword, staff, and meditation arts for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced student (both adults and children). ASNJ's teaching staff has over 15 qualified instructors. Shihan Stickles is in the dojo every day and continues to teach the majority of the classes. He closely oversees all the members of his instruction staff and course curriculum.