Instructors at the NYCA Dojo

Tracy Alpert – Founder and Chief Instructor

Tracy has been training in aikido under the auspices of her main teachers Hiroshi Ikeda shihan and Mitsugi Saotome shihan for 30 years. She began her practice in 1988 at the Oberlin College Aikido Club. Later that year, she moved to Colorado and started trained at Boulder Aikikai under Ikeda sensei and Tres Hofmeister sensei. She remained at Boulder Aikikai for almost twenty years, where she taught weapons and open hand classes. In 2007 she moved to New York and joined Bond Street Dojo as one of their senior instructors, until forming New York City Aikido (NYCA).

She is currently on the advisory committee for the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) board, and holds the rank of godan (5th degree black belt), through ASU and Aikido World Headquarters.  Tracy has traveled extensively, participating in numerous seminars with Saotome sensei, Ikeda sensei, and other ASU and non-ASU instructors.

New York City Aikido Mitsugi Saotome sensei & Tracy Alpert Aikido Hiroshi Ikeda sensei and uke Tracy Alpert New York City Aikido Tracy Alpert

Sherman Lau – Co-Founder

Sherman started his aikido training in New York over a decade ago at Bond Street Dojo, where he taught a weekly class for several years. His teachers are Mitsugi Saotome shihan and Hiroshi Ikeda shihan. He has also been influenced by his experiences with other aikido masters, particularly William Gleason, Kevin Choate, Mary Heiny, and Seishiro Endo shihan.  Sherman attends seminars and camps domestically and internationally with teachers of various affiliations to widen and deepen his practice.

His martial arts practice and instruction is informed by his continuing studies of systema (Russian Martial Art) and yoga, both of which he is certified to teach (by Vladimir Vasiliev and Sri Dharma Mittra, respectively), as well as internal martial arts practices. Sherman also previously studied karate (Seido).

He holds the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt), through ASU and Aikido World Headquarters.

New York City Aikido Mitsugi Saotome sensei and Sherman Lau New York City Aikido Sherman Lau New York City Aikido Sherman Lau

Yakup Batlevi

Yakup began his study of aikido in Istanbul, Turkey in 2000. He later moved to the U.S. and joined Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) to train under the supervision of Mitsugi Saotome shihan. He trained regularly at Aikido of Northern Virginia, and Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington, D.C.; Zenshinkan Dojo in Worcester, MA; Jiai Aikido in San Diego, and at Bond Street Dojo in New York City. He regularly attends seminars and camps taught by senior ASU instructors.  He also is a student of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

He holds the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt), through ASU and Aikido World Headquarters.

New York City Aikido Mitsugi Saotome sensei and Yakup Batlevi New York City Aikido Yakup Batlevi 

Daniel Rozenbaum

Daniel has been training in aikido for over 15 years. He started at the Kokikai Aikido clubs at Rutgers University and in Princeton, NJ, and then trained for several years with Masashi Numata sensei at Princeton Aikikai. He joined Bond Street Dojo in 2008 and trained there until joining New York City Aikido. His main aikido influences are teachers in the lineage of Seishiro Endo shihan and Christian Tissier shihan, in particular, Jan Nevelius shihan of Vanadis Aikido Club in Stockholm.

He holds the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt), through the Swedish Aikido Federation and Aikido World Headquarters.

New York City Aikido Jan Nevelius and uke Daniel Rozenbaum New York City Aikido Daniel Rozenbaum at Lillsved Sweden