Manasquan Instructors

Aikido Center of Manasquan's instructors are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success and advancement of traditional Aikido as handed down by the Founder of Aikido, affectionately known as O Sensei (Great Teacher).

Isshinryu Karate is taught by AAU National Champion Sensei Jennifer J. Kesil.

Carolyn Zilberman (NASM,CPT,CES) is a USAT Level 1 Triathlon and RCA Coach.

Dennis O'Day ( R.I.P. to our honored brother! )

3rd Degree Aikido Black Belt, 1st Degree Iaido Black Belt


Aikido and Iaido Instructor

Dennis O'Day started practicing Aikido in Nihon Goshin Aikido in 1976 with Richard Bowe in Guttenberg, NJ. In 1978, Dennis decided to pursue traditional Aikido as handed down by the Founder of Aikido, affectionately known as O Sensei (Great Teacher) at the Elizabeth, NJ Aikikai. Often attending classes at New York Aikikai under the direction of Yoshimitsu Yamada, 8th Dan Shihan. Dennis had  the honor of attending many seminars led by the original students of the Founder, including Shihans Chiba, Kanai, Sugano, and Tamura  as well as the Founder's Son Doshu-Kisshomaru Ueshiba at Hunter College in 1984. His professional career was as a police officer with the City of Rahway, NJ. He retired in 1999 as a Lieutenant, Shift Commander. Dennis also holds the rank of 1st degree black belt in Iaido (Muso Shinden -ryu, Japanese Swordmanship).

Kit Tankhiwale

3rd Degree Aikido Black Belt


Aikido Instructor, Iaido Practioner

Kit started his Aikido journey in 1994 when he saw his first class and signed up on the spot. He is currently ranked as Sandan (3rd degree black belt). He is a staff instructor for Defensive Tactics for Professionals. In addition to Aikido, his other pursuits include Wing Chun Kung Fu, Iaido (Muso Shinden -ryu), and Yoga. Kit is a Senior Manager and Business Partner for an international communications service provider.

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James Graziano

1st Degree Aikido Black Belt, Aiki-Kids Instructor


Aikido Instructor

Jim is a Shodan (1st degree black belt) with Aikido Centers of Manasquan.  He has been training for over 15 years and is an instructor with the children's program as well as an assistant instructor in the adult program. Prior to the Aikido Center in Manasquan , Jim studied Nihon Goshin Aikido with Richard Bowe in Guttenberg, NJ. Jim also studied Tae Kwon Do.
He currently works in NYC as an account executive within the garment industry.

You can contact Jim at:

Jonathan Lofton

1st Degree Aikido Black Belt, Iaido Practioner, Aiki-Kids Instructor


Aikido Instructor

Jonathan is a Shodan (1st degree black belt) with Aikido Center of Manasquan. He has been training there for over 15 years and is an assistant instructor in the adult program as well as a student in the Iaido  (Muso Shinden -ryu) program. Prior to Aikido Center of Manasquan, Jonathan studied Hapkido, Tai Chi, and Aiki Jujutsu.  Jonathan is married with two teenage young men and is a Team Leader of Solution Consultants for a Supply Chain Planning software company.

You can contact Jonathan at:

Paul Berger

2nd Degree Aikido Black Belt, Aiki-Kids Instructor


Aikido Instructor

Paul started Aikido as part of the inaugural children’s class at Aikido Center of Manasquan (formerly Brielle) in 1999 when he was 11 years old.  After excelling in the children’s program he quickly transitioned to the Adult program.  He currently holds the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) and has trained extensively under Sensei Tim Vazquez and Greg O’Connor.  Aside from regular training, Paul has had the opportunity to train with high ranking instructors throughout the world, as well as train internationally.  Paul remains actively involved in the children’s program at Aikido Center of Manasquan, teaching twice a week, and also teaches teen and adult beginner classes during the week. Paul graduated from Rutgers, The State University as a Chemical Engineer. He presently works for a major international cooperation as a Senior Process Engineer.

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William Zaorski

2nd Kyu Aikido, Aiki-Kids Instructor


Aikido Instructor

William has been a practitioner of Aikido for more than 18 years and is an instructor with the Aiki-Kids program at Aikido Centers of Manasquan. William retired as a Deputy Attorney General from the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice in 2011, after serving more than 30 years in governmental service. He is the author of the NJ State Attorney General's "Use of Force" and "Domestic Violence" policies. He also is an instructor for Carreer Development Institute teaching "Use of Force" law.

You can contact Willian at:

Kira Lang

3rd Kyu Rank

L.E.A.D. Traning For Woman Coordinator

(Learn, Empower and Defend)


Kira Lang has been training in aikido since 2011 and is presently our L.E.A.D Training coordinator. She was instantly drawn to the non-conflict resolution approach to self defense. It is her dream to inspire more women and girls to take an interest in Aikido and self defense in general. Her vision is for women of all ages to become aware of the mental and physical power they possess within themselves, and harness that power to be confident in everyday life. Kira is an Office Administrator for Envirotactics, she is confident her lessons in Aikido has supplemented her advancement in the environmental industry. Kira has succesfully coordinated several woman self defense programs and has inspired many woman to continue their practice.

You can contact Kira at:

Sensei Jennifer J. Kesil

4th Degree Isshinryu Karate Black Belt


Isshinryu Karate Instructor

Sensei Jenn Kesil has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years. She started at the age of 9 at J.H. Kim Karate Institute in Wall, NJ under the tutelage of Famous Olympic Shihan J.K. Kim, a 10th degree black belt. Sensei Jenn started to compete at the age of 10 in state, regional and national competitions. She became a Junior Olympic Champion as a teenager and achieved the status of All-American in 1990-1991. She continued attending state, regional and national competitions as an adult. She even competed at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas in 2002. In 2004, she placed 3rd in Kumite (fighting) at the AAU Nationals Championship in North Carolina. She recieved a special invitation to try out for the AAU U.S. Team because of her talent in Karate during her competitions.

Sensei Jenn has also travelled extensively around the United States and the world, to pursue Masters of Isshinryu Karate. She also went to Honolulu to train with the best Okinawan Karate atheletes in the world in order to improve her skill and enhance her students' skills.

We are proud to have such a talented staff instructor at Aikido Centers of Manasquan.

You can contact Jenn at:

Carolyn Zilberman, NASM, CPT, CES

USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach

RRCA  Level 1 Running Coach

Certified TRX Coach



Carolyn has been an active fitness enthusiast for over 20 years. She has attended over 7 NYC Marathons and 3 Ironman Triathlons. She is a Honors Graduate from Kean University with a BS in Exercise Science. Her advanced on-going professional education includes USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach, RRCA Level 1 Running Coach and Certified TRX Coach. She has a strong dedication to health, wellness and fitness. Carolyn has extensive education in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology biomechanics and nutrition to help in the recovery and stress of physical training at any level. For additionl information go to her personal website by clicking HERE.

You can contact Carolyn at:

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

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


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