Potomac Aikikai

Aikido training in Loudoun County. Potomac Aikikai is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Aikido, a traditional Japanese budo developed by master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969).

We are members of the Capital Aikido Federation, an independent association of aikido dojo. 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

We've had the priviledge to host Irv Sensei a few times in our 15 year existence. This is very sad news. RIP Irv Sensei.

It is with broken hearts that we share the news of our Sensei’s passing today. Irvin Faust Shihan was at home with his family when he passed on this morning. Sensei moved with power and grace through to the end, showing us all his true warrior spirit. He was a teacher, mentor, and father to so many. We send him and his family all of our love, gratitude, and deepest respect. Domo Arigato, Sensei. We love you.

Photos taken during class.

A few photos from our Kagami Biraki complete with saki 🙏🏼😁🙌🏽

We were fortunate to have a visit with Senseis Tom Tedeschi and Sarah Guroff of Capital Aikikai.

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We were fortunate to have a visit with Senseis Tom Tedeschi and Sarah Guroff of Capital Aikikai.

We were fortunate to receive instruction with visiting Senseis Tom Tedeschi and Sarah Guroff of Capital Aikikai.

📸 Leonides Viloria

Congratulations to the following members for their excellent performance during testing and receiving rank promotion

Luigi-Ella Allado - 1st kyu
Jeff Taylor - 1st Kyu
Todd Sambatphibane - 4th Kyu
Michelle Wiant - 5th Kyu

📷 Leonidas Viloria

Jiyuwaza from yokomenuchi. 2nd kyus getting ready for testing #aikido #training #potomacaikikai

[08/06/19]   From our Instagram page (if you go to the Instagram page, you can swipe right to see the whole photo)


Day two group picture. Great weekend of training!!

Group photo from the CAF 2019 Gasshuku

Throwback to 2011, beginners class. Take a listen to the voiceover by Ed Santos

Doing work

Photos from Potomac Aikikai's post

From our Tuesday night class, which puts emphasis on the basics.

#footwork #posture #timing

[01/13/19]   Special Thank you and congratulations to our friends


[01/13/19]   Congratulations to Asim Hanif Sensei on his promotion to Godan

Few snaps from recent classes over the holidays

Congratulations to Serghei, Vilo and Elijah!!

Congratulations to Potomac Aikikai students who tested Saturday. Serghei Corje on passing his 4th kyu test and Leo and Elijah Viloria for passing their 3rd kyu tests. Well done.

[10/07/18]   Celebrating Clyde Sensei

I received this video from Asim Hanif Sensei, Founder of Potomac Aikikai (in Virginia) and Valley Aikido in Scottsdale AZ.

Practicing fluidity and centering as uke. An integral part of aikido foundations from Valley Aikido in Scottsdale Arizona. Stay tuned for info on their End of Summer Seminar instructed by Asim Hanif Sensei.

Featuring Senseis Takeguchi and Richards from Capital Aikikai

Photos from Potomac Aikikai's post

We welcomed Special Guest Sensei Sarah Guroff for this morning’s session!

Kids being kids, working hard and having fun.

It was a joy to train with our friends at Western Maryland Aikikai and a special pleasure and thank you to Senseis Plank and Spruell.

Special thanks to Sensei Bill Plank and Sensei Blue Spruell for a great weekend of training!

Yudansha presentations - Greg, Ed, Kyle

Allander Aikido Club

This is entertaining.

Here is a bit of Fun :-)

Few pics from kids class today - we had a full class today - great for a holiday weekend! Finished my PT and thought I would be the only one at class - everyone descended on dojo at 5 min of 9:00! Happy Easter!

Capitol Hill Aikikai

Everything is built upon basics. Start with the basics of basics.


The Inspiration of O-Sensei’s Jujutsu: A Letter by Kenji Tomiki – Aikido Journal

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Chinese Whispers 珠落玉盤

The essential movement principle of Taijiquan is based on relaxation (song). In life people learn to use strength and tighten their muscles habitually. What is required in Taijiquan is, when you do an action, to execute the action to its optimum place, and then to make sure that it is not an isolated action but part of a whole moving system. At the same time further increase the idea of song through mindfulness. Song is unquantifiable and its quality is different with practice. It is important to continually improve the quality of song.

The arms, for example - as soon as the arms move the shoulders should relax and the elbows sink down. The arms also expand outwards. At a certain point of accomplishment, the arms become an integral whole with the spine, and actions of the shoulders and elbows become connected to the spine and controlled by the spine. After an extended time of practice, looseness of the arms is achieved.

The waist/crotch - as soon as a movement commences be mindful that the shoulders, elbows and hands are coordinated and work in concert. At a certain stage of practice movement of the spine becomes under the control of the waist-crotch. In time this facilities the training of waist/crotch power.

The knees and feet - the foot must be relaxed when lifting the knee, at the same time also controlling the span and extent of the shoulders, elbows and the waist/crotch. In time this facilitates the ability to express power from the heels. Mindfully examine, if you make a bow step by stepping forward- are your shoulders loose, your elbows down? Does the waist/crotch relax and move forward? Does the knee and the foot become weight bearing gradually? Is the knee in place? Does the position of the knee stop further movements above the waist/crotch.

Unlike other systems Taijiquan requires the lower body to control and influence the upper body, in order to develop integrated strength and the body as a unified entity.

[03/04/18]   Group Photo


Photos taken during class.

Sawari waza Saturday.

Potomac Aikikai on Instagram: “Scenes from tonight’s kid’s class. #aikido #youth #young #martialarts #aikikai #ashburn #virginia #northernvirginia”

Tonight’s kid’s class


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Kids class and test for Green Belt today


Aikido Documentary - Kobayashi Yasuo Shihan 8th Dan - Part 1/2

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Upcoming Suzuki Sensei seminar in Fort Washington, PA in March - March 16 & 17, 2018.

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