Joseph Shelley began training in the martial arts at the age of 14. In 1994 he discovered Aikido and began his study in the art under the direction of Patrick Cassidy Sensei. When Joe moved to San Francisco in 2001 he became a student of Robert Nadeau Shihan at City Aikido where he received his Yondan in 2014. He continues his training and development as a student and instructor under the tutelage of Nadeau Shihan.
In 2001, Joe became a police officer with the San Francisco Police Department. Over the years, he honed his martial arts skills and tactics working the gritty streets of San Francisco. With years of real world experience and practical application, Joe brings a unique perspective to the teaching, study, practice, and development of the art.