Our Chief Instructor, Greg O’Connor, has the honor of being accredited by the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a recognition rarely granted to civilians, and in that capacity he actively leads and conducts Defensive Tactics training for security and law enforcement professionals throughout the state.
Over the past several decades he has instructed all levels and types of security & law enforcement officers, police, and security personnel including Municipal & County Police Officers, NJ State Police, NJ State Corrections Officers, Parole Officers, as well as Military Personnel, Dept. of Homeland Security, Diplomatic Security, U.S. Marshals and U.S. Secret Service Agents. In addition, many of his Black Belts have gone on to be exceptional Professional Aikido Instructors themselves as well as Professional Defensive Tactics Instructors teaching all level of law enforcement and security personnel.
As it applies to Defensive Tactics Sensei O’Connor stresses Aikido’s uniquely applicable approach as the desired method of protection, hand-to-hand self-defense and weapons disarming—all of which are highly desirable and applicable to our present day civility, modern law enforcement and evolving legalities.
Sensei O’Connor’s approach to all Aikido techniques is that although standard Aikido techniques take an opponent into a pin or project them into a throw those same techniques must be mastered as “come-along” techniques meant to neutralize, control, motivate and transport an individual safely and effectively while not compromising one’s awareness and ability to respond to another threat or situation.