“We learn to fight so we don’t have to fight” Mr.Myagi from “The Karate Kid”
Giacomo Reggente Sensei has been training in various martial arts throughout his whole life. Born in Brazil, home of BJJ, then coming to America and learning Chinese Kempo Karate from a young age at the YWCA in Philadelphia, to Tai Chi Chuan while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, and finally to Aikido here in New Jersey, which led to the opening of Mushin Ryu Aikido Dojo.
Giacomo Sensei: “For me, Aikido is the backbone to which I layer all the arts I have studied. Aikido embodies not only self-defense, but a philosophy of being which transitions to all aspects of life, whether it be personal, business, or family, Aikido has enabled me to deal with life’s challenges and difficulties with a sense of calm and focus. It is said that there are many paths up the mountain, Aikido has been the path for me.”
In my continued quest for knowledge in Aikido, the path of Aikido has also lead me to Scott Harrington Sensei, 7th Dan, Shuyokan Aikido, Nidan in Tang Soo Do, and published author of “Aiki Toolbox”. Harrington Sensei has deep roots in the Yoshinkan Aikido as Godan, and in Daito Ryu, the mother of Aikido. I am honored and continue to train with Scott Harrington Sensei and to also call him a friend.
Mushin Ryu Aikido Dojo is a family dojo. I am blessed and fortunate to have shared the many joys along the path with my son Julian Reggente, Sensei, Shodan 1st degree Black Belt under the Mushin Ryu System. I remember fondly from when he was only eight years old and coming to the park with me to train in the way of the Japanese sword, to taking his first “break-fall” under the tutelage of Peter Tamagni Shihan. Julian has accompanied me along the path and though has been by my side along the path sharing the same passion and instructors, he has forged his own road. As an instructor here at Mushin Ryu Aikido Dojo, Julian teaches with great passion, enthusiasm, and demonstrates his talents and abilities working with students, from beginners to experienced. In addition to teaching weapons and senior students, Julian is especially gifted in working with children. His patience, humor, and way of communicating and connecting with children reflect his passion for the art. Julian is currently a Junior at Rowan University studying Sociology and Pyschology. He is also an Eagle Scout. Julian has a passion for acting, playing Magic, D & D, and loves to eat Sushi!