Senior Instructors


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.

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Yordan Yordanov, 4th dan, fukushidoin

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


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.

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


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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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

Mack Giancola, 1st dan


Owen Richfield, 1st dan