Gregory Soon: Aikido instructor, Self-Defense instructor, Certified Personal Trainer.

I have been an Aikido and Self-Defense instructor in New York City since 1997.

I began training in Aikido at the age of 16 in 1993. Like many people around the world in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was introduced to Aikido through the explosive action films of Steven Seagal, who at the time was a 6th degree black belt teaching Aikido in Hollywood, California.

In 1995 I joined New York Aikikai and began a training that changed and shaped my life: I discovered the Aikido of Seiichi Sugano Shihan, who taught at NYA alongside its Chief Instructor Yoshimitsu Yamada. I began training 6 days a week, taking 2 to 3 classes a day.

Late in 1996 I asked Yamada Sensei if I could become one of his Uchi Deshi, a live-in student/disciple who lives and works at the dojo in exchange for a deeper level of training and instruction not given to the general members of the dojo. I was accepted by Yamada Sensei and moved in on January 1, 1997.

During that time Yamada Sensei was often away traveling and teaching seminars abroad, but Sugano Sensei taught regularly and I naturally gravitated to his teaching and guidance. He effectively became my Aikido Sensei.

Between 1997 and 1998 I became Sugano Sensei’s main “Uke” (one who receives a technique) when he taught his classes at NYA — this meant that I took the majority of ukemi for him at the dojo. Through this instruction I learned his style of Aikido, and received a deeper understanding of his technical knowledge and sense of Ma-ai (timing and distancing).

As I turned 40 in 2016, the sense of importance I feel to impart the training style of Aikido practiced by Sugano Sensei, has grown ever increasingly. I hope to impart this training and knowledge that was taught to me, to others who want to learn the beautiful art known as Aikido — “The Art of Peace”.

Please Email Me for Information on Aikido Instruction:

Classes are located at Moving Body Resources:
112 West 27th Street, NYC, 10001

I offer Personal Training and Self-Defense Instruction by Referral Only:

$75 per 40 minute Private Training Session.
$675 for a 10 Session package (receive one session on me).
All sessions must be purchased in advance.

All sessions: 24-Hour Cancellation policy.
Single sessions expire 30 days from date purchased.
10 Session package expires 6 months from date purchased.
Sessions are non-refundable.


National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) / Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
TRX® FORCE Level 2 Suspension Training (FL2), 
TRX® Sports Medicine Level 2 Suspension Training (SMSTC),
Fully Insured by Fitness and Wellness Insurance (Philadelphia Insurance Companies).

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