Chief Instructor Tim Vazquez

Chief Instructor Tim Vazquez
5th Degree Aikido Black Belt

Founder of SMT Fitness

Founder of DTPro

Tim Vazquez is currently ranked as 5th Dan (5th degree black belt) with certification through Aikido World Headquarters (Aikido Hombu Dojo, Tokyo), the Aikido Centers Alliance, and is a member of Aikido Centers, Inc. He has been the Chief Instructor of Aikido Center Of Manasquan for over 20 years. He has traveled extensively internationally and throughout the U.S. to study with a great many of Master Morihei Ueshiba's (known to all Aikidoka as "O'Sensei") original students. He has also trained at a wide variety of aikido dojos from New York Aikikai (headquarters of the United States Aikido Federation) to all the Aikido dojo's throughout the state of N.J. He has trained with a great many direct students of O'Sensei who are now the world's most notable Aikido teachers such as Y. Yamada (Chairman of the United States Aikido Federation), K. Chiba, M. Kanai, S. Sugano, M. Saito, N. Tamura, and Christian Tissier from France, to name just a few, as well as O Sensei's grandson, Moriteru, the current Aikido Doshu (meaning "Leader of the Way") and many of the most talented Aikido instructors here in the U.S. and abroad.


Tim Vazquez is also the Founder of Defensive Tactics for Professionals ( ) and SMT Fitness ( ).


Tim Vazquez, has been training for over 30 years in the martial arts and has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Tim is retired as a State Investigator for the State of New Jersey.

Some of his extensive law enforcement expertise includes:

Certified FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor since 1993.

New Jersey State Police Certified Security Officer Instructor ID# 57170B

Former lead D.T. instructor for an accredited NJ State law enforcement training academy and author of the D.T. lesson plan currently in use.

Former Instructor of Special Tactical Response Teams and former member on two separate teams holding position of point man.

Former certified Police Academy Instructor by the NJ Police Training Commission since 1992.

Recipient of N.J. General Assembly Resolutions and U.S. Congressional Recognition for outstanding law enforcement investigations.


Feel free to contact Tim via email at:

Aikido Center of Manasquan
90 Union Ave.- Rear
Manasquan, New Jersey 08736

Phone: +1 732 309-0822+1 732 309-0822


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