To accomplish its mission it is the belief of the ZAA that the long-term growth of the Aikido arts is reliant upon consistent and quality professional instruction which must be instituted and maintained. The ZAA’s instructional program is instituted and maintained by the Chairman and Chief Instructor Greg Noble Sensei under the teaching methodology of the late Fumio Toyoda Shihan and Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
To ensure that its mission is achieved, the ZAA offers an organized method of instruction specifically oriented toward quality instruction of the ZAA philosophy which is further promulgated through clinics, camps, seminars and its National Instructors Seminar – held annually in West Virginia. Additionally, the ZAA offers instructor certification at various levels, continuing education opportunities for its instructors, and instruction manuals.
Chief Instructor, G. Noble Sensei
Greg Noble Sensei began his martial arts training at the early age of 15 years. He is ranked Rokudan (6th degree black belt) Aikikai. The former chairman for both the Aikido World Alliance (AWA) technical committee and the Aikido World Alliance (AWA) national testing committee, he is now the Chief Instructor for Zenshinkai Aikido Association. Noble Sensei has black belt ranks in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido and Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo, as well as long-term formal training in Zen. Noble Sensei is a certified Zen Teacher under Zen Garland, an international organization for zen training and dharma successor of Paul Genki Kahn Roshi.
The teachers below have been appointed to support the ZAA by co-instructing at national ZAA events, acting as a national test committee at such events and providing support to local dojo when asked. They each bring their unique style and experience along with deep understanding of Aikido to the ZAA which will enhance the growth and development of the organization.
Greg Null Sensei – River Valley Aikikai
Stewart Johnson Sensei – Jikishinkan Dojo
Corey Guilbault Sensei – Aikido of Norwalk
Jason Goldstein Sensei – Greenwich Aikido
Seth Giammanco Sensei – Brooklyn Aikido Center
ZAA Governing Board
Chief Instructor/Chairman – Greg Noble Sensei