Home About NJ Aikikai Affiliations

Conti Sensei was fortunate to have studied with Master Richard A. Bowe and was affiliated with Nihon Goshin Aikido for over 10 years.  Sensei attained the rank of Nidan before going to Japan in 1979 to find Aikido's roots.  While studying Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Kodo Kai, affiliation with Nihon Goshin Aikido ended.

Sensei then studied and trained Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Kodokai under Master teacher Katsumi Yonezawa Sensei and Hayawo Kiyama Shihan for over 8 years.  Sensei was also honored to have hosted Tatsuo Shimbo Shihan during a week-long Daitoryu seminar when Shimbo Shihan accompanied Yonezawa Sensei.   He also studied in Japan as an uchideshi, and received a Hiden Mokuroku (credentials), makimono (scroll of curriculum), and a kanban (identifies the dojo and is a license to teach the art)  The Mokuroku is a critical documentary evidence of credential for members of the ryu.  While Mokuroku is used as a martial arts license of level, the position refers to proficiency with a catalog of ability of the instructor.  Sensei Conti was the only occidental to have translated, transcribed, studied, tested, and trained the waza of the Mokuroku makimono at that time.   Sensei was tested by Yonezawa Sensei in the presence of Hayawo Kiyama Shihan.  After 8 years of training and hosting Yonezawa Sensei in his home every summer in the USA, Conti Sensei received the ranks of Sandan, Okusandan, Yondan, Godan, Jun Daidi, Jun Shihan Daidi and had been appointed as the first Eastern United States Director of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Kodokai.

Conti Sensei sponsored countless seminars, clinics, and workshops for and with Yonezawa Sensei and Hayawo Kiyama Shihan throughout the Eastern United States during the 8 year relationship.  As the appointed Eastern United States Director for 7 years, Sensei attempted to organize and spread the knowledge and skills of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Kodokai but unfortunately politics guided the growth of the association.  Therefore, Sensei decided to resign from the position and the organization.  We are no longer affiliated with either Nihon Goshin Aikido or Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Kodokai.

Having studied Kobudo, Kobujutsu, Iaido, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, and Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate for the last 45 years and attaining teacher and master certifications, Sensei is now affiliated with Tenshin Ryu Kenjutsu [Master John Hamilton and Master Vince Ward], the Japanese Sword Society, and Okinawan Sho-ha Shorin-ryu Karate [Master John Hamilton and Master Vince Ward].