Our chief instructor is Robert Brian Levy Sensei, who holds the rank of 4th dan (black belt). A native of Louisiana, Brian Sensei has spent more than twenty years practicing aikido, primarily in Europe. He returned to New Orleans in 2007, where he first established our dojo in Bywater before moving to our present location in New Orleans’s Mid-City.
Brian Sensei’s principal teachers are Jan Nevelius Shihan, 6th dan, and Jorma Lyly Sensei, 6th dan, who both teach at Vanadis Aikido in Stockholm, Sweden. Brian Sensei and his teachers practice regularly with our other shihans (master teachers), Seishiro Endo Shihan, 8th dan from Hombu Dojo (Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo), and Christian Tissier Shihan, 8th dan from Cercle Tissier in Paris, France. Hombu Dojo is led by O Sensei’s grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba, known as ‘Doshu’ (family heir). Endo Shihan studied for many years with Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan, a close student of O Sensei. As students progress, we offer belt (ranking) tests regularly, all sanctioned by Hombu Dojo.