About our Chief Instructor

Jason Perna began practicing Aikido at the age of 17 and now brings over 25 years of practical experience to his daily training and teaching. His upbringing in traditional Iwama-Ryu, as well as many years of training in the Aikikai (Hombu Dojo) style of Aikido, gives him a well-balanced approach to his understanding of the art and teaching methodology. He also practices the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which he utilizes to better understand the deeper connections across different arts, and to maintain a grounded, practical approach. Through his daily practice, he continues to manifest his deep commitment to both the art and his students. Perna Sensei is a full-time professional Aikido instructor; he holds the rank of 4th degree blackbelt and has been a certified instructor for more than a decade.