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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mack Giancola, 1st dan
Mack started practicing at Aikido of New Orleans in 2008. He aims to emphasize core training and fitness.
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.
Owen Richfield, 1st dan
Owen started practicing in 2004 at Bainbridge Island Aikido in Washington.
Marlene Hester, 2nd kyu
Marlene began her aikido studies at Aikido of New Orleans. She is a senior senpai assisting with children’s classes.