The USAF has sadly learned that Rick Stickles Sensei, founder and chief instructor of Aikido Schools of New Jersey (ASNJ), passed away on Sunday, June 21st. ASNJ members will be holding a memorial service at their dojo on Wednesday, June 24th at 7pm.
Stickles Sensei began his training in New York Aikikai and was soto deshi to Yamada Sensei. He founded ASNJ in 1977 and dedicated his life to teaching and promoting Aikido at his dojo and around the world. He was also an instructor at New York Aikikai.
Yamada Sensei and the USAF extend their deepest condolences to Stickles Sensei’s family and students for this sudden and unexpected loss.