Aikido of Arlington

Aikido of Arlington

Practicing Iwama-ryu aikido in Arlington, VA since 1989. Sensei Yvonne Thelwell is the dojo-cho and c We practice Iwama-ryu or traditional aikido.

See you on the mat! Contact us anytime ( We look forward to answering your questions about training or Iwama style aikido. Observers are always welcome (no fee) any time we have class.

Operating as usual


Congratulations Bard and Ross on your promotions to 4th kyu!!


No class this evening (November 28, 2023). See you all on the mats on Thursday


Fun Halloween class tonight. Tanto dori by candle light

Aikido of Arlington 10/19/2023

Join us on Sat., Oct 21 for a free Introduction to Aikido class at 9 AM. Dojo details -

Aikido of Arlington Visitors are always welcome any time we have class: TUE & THU 7-8:30 PM & SAT 9-10:30 AM. See you on the mat!


Congratulations to all the recent promotions!! Congrats Elizabeth Hartman (who used to train at our dojo)


Regarding the shihan... so far, only a recommendation has been made. Won't be official until Japan concurs.


A heartfelt thanks to all the support and friendship each of you have given me over the years. 🙏 The dojo would not be around if it weren't for all of you. 💕


Grear training on Sinday with all 3 Divisions

Photos from Aikido of Arlington's post 08/28/2023

Great weekend at the CAA trainings and parties.

Aikido of Arlington 07/08/2023

Join us on Sat., July 15 for a free Introduction to Aikido class at 9 AM. Dojo details -

Aikido of Arlington We practice Iwama-ryu in Arlington, VA. Visit us any time we have class: TUE & THU 7-8:30 PM & SAT 9-10:30 AM. See you on the mat!


Stay..learning karate.


Day 2 was another great day of v training! Thank you Sensei Hendricks!


No class is complete without kokyu dosa. Great 1st day of the seminar!


Patricia Hendricks Tai Sai seminar - Day 1!


Congratulations to Jerry on his promotion to 3rd kyu.

Aikido of Arlington 04/08/2023

Early bird rates thru tomorrow for our Patricia Hendricks Shihan seminar April 22&23.

Aikido of Arlington We practice Iwama-ryu in Arlington, VA. Visit us any time we have class: TUE & THU 7-8:30 PM & SAT 9-10:30 AM. See you on the mat!


Just a reminder... registration is open for Patricia Hendricks Shihan.
April 22 & 23.
For more details, go to


Hope you can join us for Patricia Hendricks Shihan in NoVA April 22 & 23.
Registration will soon be open.


Congrats on our latest promotions - Caleb and Bard!


Condolences to all family members, close students and friends of
Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan
Dear New York Aikikai Community,
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved teacher, Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan.
Yamada Sensei died peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2023 under the care of doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital with his family by his side.
Private funeral arrangements are being made by Sensei's family. Please respect their privacy during this difficult time.

The New York Aikikai will hold a memorial at a later date that will be open to all who loved and learned from him. We know many of you will want to express your sympathies in some manner. We will make some appropriate suggestions shortly.
Yamada Sensei arrived in New York City in 1964 to become chief instructor at the New York Aikikai. He started aikido at age 17 at honbu dojo, Aikikai Headquarters, as an uchi deshi (live-in student) to O Sensei. He not only built the NY Aikikai into a world-class aikido school but he helped spread the relatively unknown marital art into a thriving community throughout the US, and later on, internationally. A great proponent of individuality and full-hearted training, his classes soared with the harmony and power of a symphony, inspiring all to give their best.
The NY Aikikai will remain open as Yamada Sensei wished. He loved nothing more than big classes with high spirits, so please honor him by training as you would if he were leading class. His amazing energy and generosity of spirit will be there on the mat for all of us.
Yoshimitsu Yamada
February 17, 1938 - January 15, 2023

The New York Aikikai Board of Directors


Congrats to the latest yudansha!

Congratulations to our September 2022 Promotions listed below. (Sorry, I had to edit the image to include everyone!)


And a video from last night

Photos from Aikido of Arlington's post 10/28/2022

Had a great keiko in costume last night.


Congrats to Roger and Vladimir. It’s fantastic to have you up there with me!

Congratulations to our new yudansha: Roger (nidan), Sarah (nidan), and Vladimir (shodan)!


Congratulations to our new yudansha: Roger (nidan), Sarah (nidan), and Vladimir (shodan)!

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Our Story

Aikido of Arlington, led by Yvonne Thelwell sensei (6th dan), practices aikido in the Iwama-ryu tradition. The dojo was founded by Donny Lyon sensei (4th dan) in 1989. Both Lyon sensei and Thelwell sensei spent time studying as uchi-deshi under Morihiro Saito sensei in Iwama, Japan. After Lyon sensei's passing in 1996, Thelwell sensei—being a sempai at the dojo—stepped in as dojo-cho and chief instructor. Thelwell sensei is assisted by several yudansha. Aikido of Arlington is part of the California Aikido Association Division 1 under Pat Hendricks shihan (7th dan).

Read more about our Lineage or learn about Joining our dojo. Observers are always welcome (no fee) any time we have Class.

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See you on the mat!

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And a video from last night
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1305 N Jackson Street
Arlington, VA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday 7pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 9am - 10:30am

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