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INSTRUCTORS

 

Sheila Cahilig, Sandan, Fukushidoin & Jeffrey Marfil, Sandan, Fukushidoin

 

Both Sheila and Jeffrey began their training at Aikido Schools of New Jersey (ASNJ) - Sheila in May 2004 and Jeffrey in October 2007, respectively – under the instruction and guidance of the late Shihan Rick Stickles 7th Dan, until his passing in June 2015. During their time with ASNJ, Sheila taught Adults Classes and helping out with Children's classes, and Jeffrey having taught both Children and Adults. Jeffrey was also part-time assistant or soto deshi to Shihan Stickles.

 

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Sensei Jeff Marfil, Sandan Fukoshidoin

            Aikido to me is a way of Being. Aikido being a martial art without the Mind, Body, & Spiritual integration, is just fighting. I love Aikido because of its philosophy and principles. The art of Aikido helped me understand and see myself and others because it taught me how to be to aware of my being. I am learning on how to defeat and conquer my demons. It tremendously helped me to be aware of my EGO and learn the way of deeper reflection of my thoughts and action. Aikido has helped me build friendships with people of different backgrounds and cultures. I am here teaching Aikido because I want to share my very experience, what I’ve deeply learned, and how this wonderful, peaceful art helped me better myself. 

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IN MEMORIAM

The late Shihan (Master Teacher) Richard M. Stickles, 7th Dan, founded Aikido Schools        of  New Jersey (ASNJ) in 1977. Sensei Stickles was a full-time Aikido instructor who practiced and  taught Aikido for over 40 years. He began his Aikido training as a soto deshi  (direct disciple) of  Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan and Chief instructor of the New York Aikikai. Sensei Stickles has practiced with many of O’Sensei’s direct disciples and received personal instruction from O’Sensei’s son, the late Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He traveled and trained throughout the U.S.,  Europe,  and Japan and taught Aikido  seminars nationally and internationally. In addition, he was on the instruction staff at New York Aikikai, provided supervision and guidance to help students operate their own dojos, and was a senior representative of the United States Aikido Federation in New Jersey.

           

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