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Aikido Schools of New Jersey


324 W Westfield Ave

Roselle Park, NJ 07204 - Union County

(908) 298-0100

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Aikido's movements are based on sword arts, and the hakama was the traditional attire of the samurai class.

Promotion requirements follow the guidelines of the United States Aikido Federation, under the direction of Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada.


We all love our children and will do anything to keep them safe, well, and happy. There is a genuine family atmosphere at Aikido Schools of New Jersey, a reflection of a truly healthy community. The future of families and the world in general is in the hands of our children. Our responsibility is to instill in them core values that will ensure a bright future for generations to follow. At ASNJ, our commitment is to create an environment in which your child can grow on many different levels. More than just self-defense, the practice of Aikido and the traditional dojo setting at ASNJ will enable each child to develop physically, intellectually, and emotionally. ASNJ's instruction staff and adult community provide dozens of positive role models for your child to emulate.

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Sword and Staff

Aikido is an empty-hand sword technique. The tai sabaki (body movement) of Aikido is based on ancient schools of ken-jitsu (classical sword). Thus, boken and jo training (wooden sword and staff) is an essential part of the ASNJ curriculum. Unlike many schools that have a student wait for this training, ASNJ introduces students to the basics of these Aikido weapons from the very beginning. The Aiki weapons program consists of suburi (solo practices) and partner practices called awase (blending) and kumi (combat). Additionally, there is constant examination of weapons techniques, as they directly relate to the empty-hand partner techniques. Although the class schedule indicates just one weapons class, the boken and jo are used in regular classes as well. Students are encouraged to pursue daily practice of boken suburi and jo kata to supplement and enhance class work.

Basic to all martial art training is the concept of Zanshin, or mindful awareness.

regular practice of meditation will greatly improve the student's understanding of what is termed "the nature of mind." All physical techniques ultimately reflect and rest in this state of present conscious awareness.


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.

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