Our Instructors

Robert Brian Levy

ROBERT BRIAN LEVY

Chief Instructor of NOLA Aikido

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 Seishiro Endo Shihan, 8th dan from Saku Aikidokai in Saku, Japan, Jan Nevelius Shihan, 6th dan from Vanadis Aikido in Stockholm, Sweden, and Jorma Lyly Sensei, 6th dan from Vanadis Aikido. Brian Sensei has also practiced with Christian Tissier Shihan, 8th dan from Cercle Tissier in Paris, France. Endo Sensei was an uchi deshi (live-in student) of O Sensei. And Endo Shihan and Tissier Shihan both studied for many years with Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan, another close student of O Sensei. As students progress, we offer belt (ranking) tests regularly, all sanctioned by Hombu Dojo, which is led by O Sensei’s grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba, known as ‘Doshu’ (family heir).

Charles Clebert LeBlanc, 2nd dan; Stephen Haedicke, 2nd dan; Austen Ward, 1st dan; Pat Wren, 1st dan; Warren Nutini, 1st kyu; Alessandro Rosiglioni, 1st kyu; Jennifer Meacham, 1st kyu; Keith Watts, 1st kyu; Tim Adams, 2nd kyu; Laura Whites, 2nd kyu; Josh Woo, 3rd kyu; all teach regularly at NOLA Aikido. And all have trained with us or at other dojos for many years.

Charles Clebert LeBlanc

CLEBERT LEBLANC

Stephen Haedicke

STEPHEN HAEDICKE

Austen Ward

AUSTEN WARD

Pat Wren

PAT WREN

Warren Nutini

WARREN NUTINI

Alessandro Rosiglioni

ALESSANDRO ROSIGLIONI

Jennifer Meacham

JENNIFER MEACHAM

KEITH WATTS

Tim Adams

TIM ADAMS

Laura Whites

LAURA WHITES

JOSH WOO

Teachers in Our Lineage

Seishiro Endo

SEISHIRO ENDO

Shihan, 8th dan

Christian Tissier

CHRISTIAN TISSIER

Shihan, 8th dan

Jan Nevelius

JAN NEVELIUS

Shihan, 6th dan

Jorma Lyly

JORMA LYLY

Sensei, 6th dan