Teaching and practicing the non-violent traditional Japanese martial art of aikido
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The Basics

AIKIDO in Fredericksburg is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation formed to expand on the educational mission of the Fredericksburg Aikido Club. The Club was founded in 1993 by Dwight Petersen Sensei and, in 2002, the Club was fortunate to recruit Aviv Goldsmith Sensei to move to the Fredericksburg, Virginia, area to become Chief Instructor. Formerly the senior instructor at Reno Aikido Co-Op, Aviv Sensei is a 6th degree blackbelt instructor and holds teaching certification in Aiki-weapons (wooden sword and staff) and is a certified Shidoin (teacher) registered at Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo. He has trained as uchi-deshi (student in residence) under M. Saito Sensei at the Iwama Dojo in Japan, where AIKIDO was developed. Saito Sensei trained with O'Sensei for 23 years.

The school is a member of the Takemusu Aikido Association and is affiliated with Aikikai Hombu Dojo (Aikido World Headquarters). AIKIDO in Fredericksburg continues to grow and our fantastic new dojo facility opened in October, 2009. 

This website has been developed to provide basic information about AIKIDO and our program.  To get a real feeling about whether AIKIDO training is for you, please come to the dojo to watch a class or make an appointment to try one.

AIKIDO in Fredericksburg seeks to be an educational resource for the Fredericksburg, Virginia area and works cooperatively with many other dojos around the country. We embody conflict resolution, self-improvement, and community service through the teachings of the nonviolent art of AIKIDO.

The dojo offers many classes each week, open to AIKIDO students of all levels.


AIKIDO in Fredericksburg is committed to developing and maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential.

AIKIDO in Fredericksburg prohibits discrimination against any member of the community on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability.  It is also AIKIDO in Fredericksburg's policy to comply with all applicable national and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunities.