About Aikido of New Orleans

Aikido of New Orleans is a non-profit organization run by volunteer instructors and senior students devoted to the martial art of aikido. Our dojo is more than a place to train. We are a community of members who are hooked on the physical and mental benefits we gain from aikido practice, and we enjoy sharing our practice with others.

We offer classes six days a week. New members can sign up anytime, and visitors are welcome to watch any class.

Aikido of New Orleans is the oldest and most established aikido dojo in Louisiana. We began in 1994 as a student group at Loyola University. As our group grew and evolved, we held classes in a number of shared or borrowed practice spaces. In 2009, we acquired a new place of our own. Our current dojo on Magazine St. is a beautiful space with high ceilings and exposed brick on the top floor of a historic building. We find it to be an open and inspiring place to practice.

The head instructor of our dojo is Larry Ozenberger, 4thdan, shidoin, who was a founding member in 1994. He has been active in the martial arts for over 35 years. Larry and the other two principle instructors, David Cody and Yordan Yordanov, all have teaching certificates from the USAF.

Aikido of New Orleans belongs to the United States Aikido Federation, which is the American affiliate of Hombu Dojo (Aikido World Headquarters) in Tokyo, Japan. Hombu Dojo was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), the originator of aikido, and is now led by his grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba. As such, Aikido of New Orleans can trace its lineage directly back to its Japanese source.

At Aikido of New Orleans, we wish to make practice available to everyone. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender.