4th Dan, Shidoin
Reuven Lirov has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 2007 and currently holds a Yondan, or 4th degree black belt through the United States Aikido Federation and Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Reuven spent two years as a full time apprentice, or "uchi deshi" to Rick Stickles Shihan at Aikido Schools of New Jersey.
He has been practicing martial arts since the age of 4, including 4 years of competition level Muay Thai and American Combat Karate, and holds a second degree black belt in Judo under the USJA and his instructor Tom Prata sensei, Hwa Rang Do, and traditional Jujitsu. Reuven brings over 28 years of martial arts training and instruction to students. He has also added Brazilian Jiujitsu to his cross-training, currently holding a purple belt through the IBJJF under Professor Michael Geery at New Port Richey Jiujitsu Academy and competing in the IBJJF.
Reuven travels extensively to train around the world with top Aikido instructors, the USAF Technical Committee, and Hombu Dojo staff.
He is also the author of: The Aikido Student Manual: A New Generation's Guide To Traditional Martial Arts.