Mr. Weber, Sr. has 47 years of experience in self-defense training. He has a 5th degree black belt in Nihon Goshin Aikido. He has given numerous demonstrations, including those in Madison Square Garden and on television. He has lectured and conducted rape prevention seminars for many women’s groups. He has taught women’s self-assertiveness classes at Converse Women’s College. He has taught special education classes at elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as being a high school substitute teacher. The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind asked him to create a program that would contribute to the independence of these physically challenged students. Numerous newspaper articles have been written about his art and his unique teaching style. Industries, colleges, high schools, elementary schools, YMCAs, church organizations, men, women, and children of all ages have benefited from his experience in the Martial Arts.
As a Spartanburg County Deputy Sheriff for almost 10 years, he taught the practical uses of Aikido and how to handle dangerous situations without the need for excessive force. He was a South Carolina State Criminal Justice Academy Certified Training Instructor for Police and Detention Officers. He was the Lead Florida Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Pasco/Hernando County Police Academy for ten years, and also taught at the Tampa Police Academy. He graduated with class 90 at Central Arizona Regional Law Officers Academy in 2005.
Mr. Weber was the Southeast Director of the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association and the senior training instructor under the U.S. Director. Besides being the Newsletter founder and editor, he also wrote and published the National Training Manual titled “The Student Guide.” He is not only trained in other styles of Aikido, Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Tai Chi, and other arts, but has also travelled to Japan to experience the culture and to more firmly understand the roots of Japanese Martial Arts. Additionally, in 2011, he was certified as a Phase One Instructor of Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, and Progressive Fighting Systems by Paul Vunak.
Originally from the New York Metro area, he moved to South Carolina and eventually established five schoools across North and South Carolina. He introduced Nihon Goshin Aikido to Florida in 1991 and to Arizona in 2003.
“The accumulation of knowledge through study with all those men who have contributed to my development must be credited with helping me reach this point in my journey to discover the martial arts. It’s been gratifying to look back at my career and realize how fortunate I have been to have experienced so many extraordinary martial artists sharing their knowledge, skills, and unique talents with me. It is difficult to point to any one person and identify quantitatively, their specific influence on me with the obvious exception of Sensei Richard Bowe. But, I have been privileged to train and learn from the following men, some of whom who have become friends:
Michael Akre – Tactical Police Training
Sensei Andreas – Judo/Jujitsu
Tony Blauer – Tactical Police Training/Mixed Martial Arts
Sam Chapman – American Style Karate
Dr. Ronald Cherry – American Kempo/Karate/Hapkido/Tae Kwon Do
Michael DePasquale Jr. – Yoshitsune Jujitsu
Larry Hartsell – Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
Joe Hess – Goju Ryu Karate/Tactical Police Training
Peter Hill – Integrated Tai Chi
Tony Lambraia – Professor V Jujitsu/Arnis/Mixed Martial Arts/Tactical Police Training
John Lamont – Aikido
Joe Lewis – Okinawan Karate
Huang Chien-Liang – Grandmaster Tien Shan Pai Chin Na & Hsing I Chuan
Jim Logue – Classical Okinawan Karate
John Messores – Kendo/Saotome Aikido Schools of Ueshiba
Master Seiyu Oyata – Ryu Kyu Kempo/Tuite
Raffee Pambuan – Phillipine Martial Arts/Pambuan Arnis
O’Sensei Phillip Porter – Judo/Jujitsu
Sensei Larry Reynosa – Tenshin Aikido/Steven Seagal Aikido Curriculum
Gary Shull – Ryu Kyu Kempo/Tuite
Sensei Toyota – Hombu Aikido/Aikido Assn. of America
Moriteru Ueshiba, “Waka” Sensei – Hombu Aikido/Japan
Paul Vunak – Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, and Progressive Fighting Systems
Bill Wallace – Karate
Richard Wigginton – Koga Ninjitsu
Yonazawa Sensei – Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu
Those instructors who taught me boxing, wrestling, and Paqua are also to be credited.”
Steven A. Weber, Jr. has 37 years of experience in Self-Defense training. He has a 4th degree black belt and was taught by the Senior Instructor of Nihon Goshin Aikido. He has taught with his father in the Carolinas, Florida, and Arizona. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, earned a Juris Doctor from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and has trained in many other styles of Martial Arts including Jujitsu, Tai Chi, Karate and Gracie Ju-Jitsu. He is the lead instructor at the Aikido Academy of Arizona.