Potomac Aikikai

Aikido training in Loudoun County. We are members of the Capital Aikido Federation, an independent association of aikido dojo.

Potomac Aikikai is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Aikido, a traditional Japanese budo developed by master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Our technical director and founder is Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. CAF ranks are recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo and the International Aikido Federation.

Operating as usual


Presenting Ella’s shodan certificate and adding the other Yudansha in a fancy way.

Photos from Potomac Aikikai's post 03/03/2024

Recently, we got a surprise visit from Dave Millar Sensei, 6th Dan of Capital Aikikai. We were happy to receive instruction from him and at the end of class, he surprised us with our Yudansha cerificates including our two new Shodan.

Greg Hilgenberg - Sandan
Ed Santos - Sandan
Jeff Taylor - Shodan
Ella Allado - Shodan (not pictured, yet)

Photos from Southern Maryland Aikido Center's post 02/05/2024

Thank you for hosting this excellent day of training. It was wonderful to meet and train with many new faces as well as reconnect with familiar ones.

Photos from Capital Aikido Federation's post 01/21/2024

Congratulations Takeguchi Sensei!


Group photo


RIP Yamada Sensei 😔🙏🏼🕊️

I have just gotten word that Yoshimitsu Yamada (8th dan, New York Aikikai) passed away today on January 15, 2023.

Born in 1938, Yamada started aikido at age 17 as uchideshi to Morihei Ueshiba at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. He first came to the United States in 1964 and moved to New York to take care of the New York Aikikai (which was founded in 1961). Yamada was president of the United States Aikido Federation, established in 1976.

My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.


Congratulations to Leo, Tonya and Sergey on their recent promotions and Happy Birthday to Ed Santos sensei.

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Videos (show all)

Presenting Ella Allado with her shodan certificate. Ella is Potomac Aikikai’s first female Yudansha.
From our Tuesday night class, which puts emphasis on the basics.#footwork #posture #timing
Few snaps from recent classes over the holidays
I received this video from Asim Hanif Sensei, Founder of Potomac Aikikai (in Virginia) and Valley Aikido in Scottsdale A...
We welcomed Special Guest Sensei Sarah Guroff for this morning’s session!
Last clip from today’s adult class
Another post from the adult class today
More from the adult class at Potomac Aikikai today
More from the adult class at Potomac Aikikai today
More from the adult class today at Potomac Aikikai
Start of adult class today
Another night of hard work!!




21580 Atlantic Boulevard Suite 131
Sterling, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 6pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 6pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday 5pm - 6pm
Thursday 6pm - 7:30pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

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