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 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.

Charles Clebert LeBlanc, 2nd dan; Stephen Haedicke, 2nd dan; Austen Ward, 1st dan; Pat Wren, 1st dan; Warren Nutini, 2nd kyu; Alessandro Rosiglioni, 1st kyu; Jennifer Meacham, 2nd kyu; Richard Page, 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

Richard Page

RICHARD PAGE

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