Sensei Julie Tollen

Sensei Julie Tollen, a.k.a, Jet, taught Aikido to youth for nearly 4 years in Philadelphia before relocating to Tampa in 2013 to start the Tampa Aikido Youth Program.

Jet holds a third-degree black belt and began her martial arts training in 1997.  She practiced Aikido in Colorado under one of the nation’s most highly regarded Aikido instructors, Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan from 2000-2004.  Jet spent mid-2004 to 2009 living in Kumamoto, Japan, studying under master Aikido instructor Munetsugu Sakabe Sensei while teaching English.

Teaching Aikido to children is a passionate undertaking for Jet; she recognizes Aikido’s potential to guide the youth of today’s world to make engaged, aware and courageous choices, which ultimately help them to become tomorrow’s powerful and peaceful leaders.

Sensei Jet is also an NPTI Certified Personal Trainer and AED & First Aid Certified.  She coaches cardio, core, and strength-building sessions and uses the Wendler system to help students achieve fitness goals.  All lifts are supplemented by assistance movements to create balanced strength.  Movements are progressive and modifiable to match each individual’s level.  Email jet@tampaaikido.com to inquire about private coaching instruction.

Photo by Toivo Voll