Paul Sensei is the dojo-cho and chief instructor of AOSB. He has been practicing and teaching aikido for 20 years, and is a full-time aikido teacher. Paul Sensei began training at Jikishinkan Aikido Dojo, Brooklyn, NY, with Joseph Jarman Sensei and others. There, he taught adult classes and was the director of the youth program until starting AOSB. Through Mind Body Arts and other organizations, he teaches aikido in NYC public schools and elsewhere, bringing aikido to elementary and high school students, students with autism and other unique needs, and at-risk teenagers. He frequently teaches at national and international aikido seminars, and is a member of the Aikido World Alliance (AWA) National Testing Committee. Paul Sensei has published multiple articles about his teaching experiences and methods. Off the mat, Paul Sensei is a freelance writer, classical guitarist, and yoga practitioner.
Paul Sensei is a godan (fifth-degree black belt) and received instructor certification (shidoin) from the AWA. He is also a shodan (black belt) in shindo muso ryu jodo, a classical Japanese martial art of staff and sword, and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.
Michael began practicing aikido at the age of 8 with Andrew Sato Shihan in Chicago. He joined AOSB after moving to NYC to attend college. He is now a sandan (third-degree black black) and AWA-certified instructor, and teaches adult classes. Off the mat, Michael is a licensed social worker.
Stephanie began training with Paul Sensei 15 years ago, and now teaches adult and youth classes at AOSB. Stephanie is a yondan and an AWA-certified instructor. Off the mat, Stephanie is an executive at the Hallmark Channel and interested in meditative practices.
Greg has been studying aikido for more than a decade. He is a nidan (second-degree black belt), and teaches youth and adult classes. He is also an instructor with IMPACT Self Defense. Off the mat, Greg is a talented musician, handyman, and craftsman. He built the the shomen in the background of this picture and pictured on our homepage, and our weapons' rack.