Aikido Centers has kids classes, multiple locations and great facilities and friendly atmosphere. As a person who has been around Aikido and other martial arts for more than 30 years, I can honestly say that Aikido Centers is the pinnacle of martial arts instruction. More than student/teacher relationships for effective self-defense, each and every person is part of a family that insures that your technique is far above and beyond the run-of-the-mill martial arts school. Great care is taken for physical, mental and personal growth." - John M.
"Great learning experience and character builder for kids and adults. Internationally accredited guest instructors from around the world also make this a truly world class learning experience! Aikido Centers founder and chief instructor Sensei Greg O'Connor has also written 2 essential books on Aikido to help beginners and experienced alike." - Mickey O.
"The atmosphere at Aikido Centers is serious and respectful yet light and friendly - not severe or stern as it can be in other arts." - Ben D.
"I started Aikido to learn self defense. I've learned that now-and so much more." - Anon.
"I feel so much better now about myself and everything around me. Being a member of this dojo has really enhanced my entire life." - Jennifer T.
"Aikido is stimulating for me - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually." - Greg O.
"I joined the Aikido Centers for exercise, spiritual development, & learning a martial art that was not aggressive but still defensive. What is so special about Aikido Centers is that Sensei Greg O'Connor and his instructors and senior students are so positive, have a great sense of humor and are always willing to teach newcomers to the dojo with patience & understanding." - Victor M.
"Sensei O'Connor had an excellent reputation as a teacher. It is an honor to be accepted to study with him. He is a true "teacher". His technique is impeccable. However, what sets Sensei O'Connor apart is his ability to convey the techniques and the meaning of the techniques to all levels of students from beginner to advanced. Sensei O'Connor leads by example. His desire for excellence for himself drives his students to reach higher, not only for Aikido but for their personal lives as well.
"All of the staff instructors carry Sensei O'Connor's respect for Aikido and respect for the the students. Care is taken by the staff instructors to teach techniques consistent with Sensei O'Connor and to protect the safety of the students.
"I have been impressed by the professionalism of Sensei O'Connor and his instructors. The facilities and the camaraderie make for a wonderful experience. The schedule of classes combined with the multiple locations works for anyone with the most hectic life and membership fees are reasonable.
"Another perk that comes to mind is networking. There are people with so many talents, trades, experiences, backgrounds in the dojos. Whether you are looking for employment or looking for someone trustworthy to do a job, the dojo is the place to find that person. As my 12th anniversary comes in August, I look back in fondness of and gratefulness to Aikido Centers of New Jersey for enriching my life with the beauty and art of this traditional Japanese martial art." - Deb P.
"Sensei Tim Vazquez's (chief instructor, Aikido Centers Manasquan) background of law enforcement gave me some confidence that the art was not only good exercise but useful in any situation if needed. Initially I lost over 55 pounds and since then my cardio has improved drastically and as a diabetic my A1C scores have gone from 7.6 to 5.1. By the way I’m now 67and in continued great health. The six day a week schedule is perfect for someone with an active travel schedule. Also, Aikido Centers members are welcomed in many dojo’s around US and the world.
"I can attest to Sensei O'Connor’s clarity in describing and demonstrating techniques, and his relaxed manor of communicating and Aikido Centers's instructors share O’Connor Sensei’s Aiki Spirit, clarity, and patience.
"Aikido Centers is a great and well run organization made of individuals that come together each for their own reasons, but aside from their main motivations, to develop physical and mental sharpness in a healthy environment among like-minded men and women, in a joyful manor. It’s not just about the martial training. Beyond the training are a plethora of opportunities to add to the Aikido experience." - Michael C.
"Martial arts has always been something that intrigued me since my childhood. Recently I was inspired to act on this desire, but I did not know where to begin. I did know that currently the most popular styles (MMA, etc.) were not really for me. A friend of mine suggested I start with Aikido and suggested I check out Aikido Centers Manasquan. With limited knowledge of any martial art, I approached my first aikido class with an open mind and discovered that aikido is the perfect match to fulfill my desire to learn a martial art. The dojo family was very welcoming. Every student that I have met has been eager to share their knowledge and help me succeed. As I embark on my second month of learning, I’m discovering that Aikido Centers is extremely reputable and respected, in fact my fellow students come from all areas of NJ to train with Aikido Centers. I’m very excited and happy to know that I have found the best place to train and learn aikido, there is no doubt Aikido Centers is exactly where I am supposed to be." - Kira L.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my Aikido training (I began in 11/07). It has helped me renew the value of balance in the martial arts that I learned long ago. More importantly, Aikido has helped me expand that sense of balance to the rest of life's dimensions.
"O'Connor Sensei has built a great school through his excellent teaching ability, and has created what we call in Training and Org. Development a true "community of practice". Simply put, many of his well-trained instructors and students are willing and able to help everyone improve—which makes for a great Aikido Community." - Pete M.