Senior Instructors

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Arturo Peal, 5th dan, shidoin

Arturo is our Chief Instructor and teaches our kids classes.  Previously, he directed the kids programs at Seattle School of Aikido and Aikido of Santa Barbara.  His Aikido journey began in Seattle in 1984.


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Lawrence Ozenberger, 5th dan, shidoin

Larry was a founding member of our dojo in 1994.  He is a co-leader of the meditation group and is teaching our weapons class.

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David Cody, 4th dan, fukushidoin

David began to practice Aikido in 1993 at San Francisco Aikikai under the direction of Joel Posluns, 7th dan, shihan.

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Yordan Yordanov, 4th dan, fukushidoin

Yordan received his training in Bulgaria, where he helped to lead a large Aikido dojo.

Our senior instructors hold teaching certificates from the United States Aikido Federation and are required to maintain their skills by attending national seminars.  


Additional Instructors

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Van Moraitis, 1st dan, dojo cho

Van started training at Aikido of New Orleans in 2005. He is a first-degree black belt, and as dojo cho, he supervises the running of dojo operations.

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Mack Giancola, 1st dan

Mack started practicing at Aikido of New Orleans in 2008. He aims to emphasize core training and fitness.

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Sara Hubbard, 1st dan

Sara started studying aikido at Aikido of Santa Barbara when she was 17.  She received her black belt under Donovan Waite Sensei in Philadelphia and recently moved to New Orleans. Sara looks forward to having fun on the mat and helping our students reach their goals. 

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Owen Richfield, 1st dan

Owen started practicing in 2004 at Bainbridge Island Aikido in Washington.

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Marlene Hester, 2nd kyu

Marlene began her aikido studies at Aikido of New Orleans. She is a senior senpai assisting with children’s classes.