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08-15-2005, 05:26 PM
Hello everyone,Does anyone know if there are aikido dojo[s] in Manassas,Virginia or nearby?Thanx

Michael Neal
08-16-2005, 09:19 AM
Not that I know of, I live near Manassas but I don't know of any Aikido dojos around that area. There might be one in Woodbridge though, which is about 30 minutes away.

Robert Rumpf
08-16-2005, 01:12 PM
Virginia Ki Society (http://www.vakisociety.org/index.shtml) in Merrifield, VA is in that general direction.


08-18-2005, 12:16 PM
I attend the Dale City Aikikai dojo which falls under Sakamoto Sensei direction. You can look at our website at http://www.dalecityaikikai.org/. Just as a note, the recreation center will be closed this coming Monday. There is also a dojo in Winchester that is under his direction as well. You can contact them at using the following link: http://www.capitalaikikai.org/affiliates.html

08-18-2005, 02:25 PM
Tenkan, you are welcome to join us at the Woodbridge Aikido Club
Practice is Tues, Thurs, and Sat.
We will be performing tomorrow 8/19 at the Prince William County Fair @ 7:30pm.
We will be away Saturday at a seminar in DE.


08-18-2005, 04:21 PM
Thanx for your help.My friend is coming back from about 10 years in Jp. and wants to continue. I was trying to find a place nearby so I can join too, but what he calls aikido ,[ aikikai ]and what I've seen around is very, very different.From the info I have aikido is powerful without the use of muscular power.I'm I correct??

Larry John
08-18-2005, 04:38 PM

Using the AikiWeb Dojo search, here's what I found within 25 miles of Manassas. Given commute times around the metro area, your friend's choice may be determined in large part by where he works.

Search Terms:
Country: United States; City: Manassas; State: VA; Include_images: y; Radius: 25 miles

7 matches found

Dojo Eastern Internal Arts Institute (single)

Distance: 11 miles (Northeast of Manassas, VA)
Address: 11215-D Lee Hwy; Fairfax, VA 22030
Country: United States
Instructors: Gene Lamb, 3rd dan
Phone: (703) 352-5970
E-mail: eiai@EasternInternalArts.com
URL: http://www.easterninternalarts.com
Admin: [?] Last Updated: July 20th, 2000

Dojo Woodbridge Aikido (single)

Distance: 14 miles (East of Manassas, VA)
Address: 14300 Featherstone Rd (Veterans Park); Woodbridge, VA 22193
Country: United States
Instructors: Asim Hanif
Phone: (571) 214-4263
Schedule: TuTh 7-8:30pm; Sa 10-11:30am
E-mail: info@woodbridgeaikido.org
URL: http://www.woodbridgeaikido.org
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: WAAI
Admin: [?] Last Updated: March 2nd, 2005

Dojo Shin Ryu Dojo (single)

Distance: 16 miles (North of Manassas, VA)
Address: One Spirit Martial Arts, 295 Sunset Park Dr; Herndon, VA 20171
Country: United States
Instructors: Stephen Gayer, 5th dan; Felipe Morales, 3rd dan; Jim Wright, 2nd
Phone: (703) 471-4958
Schedule: MW 7:30-9pm; Sa 8-10am
E-mail: nbc@aikisoft.com
URL: http://www.aikisoft.com/Aikido/index.html
Style: Shin Ryu
Affiliation: Kannagara Jinja
Admin: [?] Last Updated: June 17th, 2005

Dojo Virginia Ki Society (single)

Distance: 16 miles (Northeast of Manassas, VA)
Address: 2929E Eskridge Road; Merrifield, VA 22116
Country: United States
Instructors: Steve Kendall, 3rd dan; Gregory Ford-Kohne, 2nd dan; Steve Wolf,
Phone: (703) 573-8843
Schedule: Su-F 7pm; Su 11am; MTuTh 6pm (children); Sa 4pm (children)
E-mail: dojoinfo@vakisociety.org
URL: http://www.vakisociety.org
Style: Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido
Affiliation: Ki Society International
Admin: [?] Last Updated: March 3rd, 2002

Dojo Northern Virginia Aikikai (single)

Distance: 23 miles (East of Manassas, VA)
Address: 3501 S. Second Street; Arlington, VA 22204
Country: United States
Instructors: Gordon Sakamoto, 5th dan
Phone: (703)-228-5920
Schedule: Tu-Th 8-10pm
URL: http://www.aikidoka.com
Affiliation: USAF East
Admin: [?] Last Updated: July 19th, 1999

Dojo Aikido of Arlington (single)

Distance: 23 miles (East of Manassas, VA)
Address: 1305 North Jackson Street; Arlington, VA
Country: United States
Instructors: Yvonne Thelwell, 3rd dan; Scott Burke, 1st dan, Paul McMahon 1st
Phone: (202) 488-0680
Schedule: TuTh 6:30-8:30pm; F 6:30-8pm; Sa 10am-12pm; Su
E-mail: info@aikidoofarlington.com
URL: http://www.aikidoofarlington.com
Style: Iwama
Affiliation: CAA
Admin: [?] Last Updated: July 15th, 2002

Dojo Aikido of Northern Virginia (single)

Distance: 23 miles (East of Manassas, VA)
Address: 4201 Fairfax Drive; Arlington, VA 22203
Country: United States
Contact: 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-263, Arlington, VA 22203
Instructors: Jim Sorrentino, 4th dan
Phone: (703) 599-4460
Schedule: MW 6:30-7:30pm, 7:45-8:45pm; TuThF 6:30-8pm; Sa 10am
E-mail: Jim_Sorrentino@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.aikido-nova.org
Affiliation: ASU
Admin: [?] Last Updated: April 5th, 2004

As for your other question, our dojo's official summaryof the art follows:

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, who is often referred to by his title, 'O-Sensei' ('Great Teacher'). On a purely physical level, aikido technique involves throws and joint controls that are derived from traditional sword and spear arts. Aikido focuses not on striking opponents, but rather on using the force of an attack to redirect the attacker's movement or position relative to the defender. Aikido practice is not static, but instead places great emphasis on position and the dynamics of movement.

Aikido may be translated as the the way of harmony of spirit. O-Sensei emphasized that the study of aikido was a moral and spiritual discipline as well as a physical one, and he placed great weight on the development of a noble and peaceful character. While aikido (like any other martial art) offers the practitioner the immediate opportunity to study self-defense technique and improve his or her physical health, in the long term aikido offers spiritual discipline and peace of mind. Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art.

08-18-2005, 05:03 PM
Thanx for the info.That's more then I found . I kinda understand what your saying,my friend told me one of the cool ,realistic things of aikido is that you have a choice if attacked.One, you can thrash the person or two control them and still prevent personal harm.karate for example, it would be difficult to kick someone in the head,not hurt them and still protect yourself.I don't know,I've only seen my friend in vidio's,in person he doesn't show me because he says I don't know how to fall safely and get up????Thanx again

Min Kang
08-23-2005, 02:10 PM
Aikido, just like life, is all about being in the right place at the right time.

keep in mind that when you're in a position to control, you're necessarily in a position to strike or harm.

that's a *little* different from characterizing it as a choice between one of two options in that the proper time/place to strike may not be condusive to controlling.

but the reverse will always be true and given my troglodyte tendencies, I've always found beauty in the *choice* that Aikido gives me.