Dedicated to their art
Our instructors volunteer their time to and energy to Aikido of New Orleans because they enjoy watching their students progress and improve. They also refine their own insights into aikido through teaching others.
Because we are a United States Aikido Federation (USAF) dojo, our instructors and members have access to and have received instruction from senior instructors from Hombu dojo and from the many gifted instructors within the USAF.
Lawrence Ozenberger, 5th dan, shidoin
A founding member of Aikido of New Orleans in 1994, Larry has been our dojo's Chief Instructor since October 2004.
Arturo Peal, 5th dan, shidoin
Arturo began studying aikido in Seattle in 1984 and ran the kids programs at the Seattle School of Aikido and Aikido of Santa Barbara. Now, he leads the kids program at our dojo and teaches adult classes as well.
Yordan Yordanov, 4th dan, fukushidoin
Yordan received his training in Bulgaria, where he helped to lead a large Aikido dojo.
David Cody, 3rd dan, fukushidoin
David began to practice Aikido in 1993 at San Francisco Aikikai under the direction of Joel Posluns, 6th dan, shidoin.
Our senior instructors hold teaching certificates from the United States Aikido Federation and are required to maintain their skills by attending national seminars.
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.
Frank Ruizca, 2nd dan
Frank began his aikdio training under the instruction of Josef Birdsong Sensei, 6th dan, the Chief Instructor of Aikido of Austin and a friend of our dojo. Frank joined Aikido of New Orleans in 2014.
Henry Alpert, 1st dan
Henry started his training at Aikido of Park Slope in Brooklyn in 1996. He also spent a year working in Nagoya, Japan, and trained at a dojo there.