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-five years practicing aikido, both in the U.S. and 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, 7th 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).

Michael O’Quin, 5th dan; Charles Clebert LeBlanc, 3rd dan; Stephen Haedicke, 2nd dan; Pat Wren, 2nd dan; Charles Ruhe, 1st dan; Austen Ward, 1st dan; Matthew Kern, 1st dan; Alessandro Rosiglioni, 1st dan; Warren Nutini, 1st dan; Keith Watts, 1st dan; Tim Adams, 1st dan; Laura Whites, 1st dan; Josh Woo, 1st kyu; Alex Watts, 1st kyu; Gary Gordon, 2nd kyu; all teach regularly at NOLA Aikido. And all have trained with us or at other dojos for years.

MICHAEL O’QUIN

CLEBERT LEBLANC

Stephen Haedicke

STEPHEN HAEDICKE

Pat Wren

PAT WREN

CHARLES RUHE

Austen Ward

AUSTEN WARD

MATTHEW KERN

Alessandro Rosiglioni

ALESSANDRO ROSIGLIONI

Warren Nutini

WARREN NUTINI

KEITH WATTS

Laura Whites

LAURA WHITES

Tim Adams

TIM ADAMS

JOSH WOO

ALEX WATTS

GARY GORDON

Teachers in Our Lineage

Seishiro Endo

SEISHIRO ENDO

Shihan, 8th dan

Christian Tissier

CHRISTIAN TISSIER

Shihan, 8th dan

Jan Nevelius

JAN NEVELIUS

Shihan, 7th dan

Jorma Lyly

JORMA LYLY

Sensei, 6th dan