Aikido of Norfolk

Aikido of Norfolk is a member of the United States Aikido Federation. Jim Baker is a Rokudan

Aikido is the modern development of the Japanese martial arts tradition. It uses natural movements to coordinate the mind and body for health, defense, and self-development. The movements are efficient, rational, and soft, while making the practitioner's core strong and stable. What do you get from Aikido?
- A classical Japanese martial art
- A way of personal growth
- Conflict resolution
- Stress

Operating as usual

Photos from Aikido of Norfolk's post 04/06/2024

Rebekah slamming Eric around.

2024 Shihan Appointments 04/06/2024

Jim Baker Sensei is now Jim Baker Shihan.
Also called, "Jim", "Hey you", "Grand Poobah", and "just go away"!

2024 Shihan Appointments We are excited to announce the following USAF members have received the appointment of Shihan by the Examination Committee for Appointment of Shihan at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Congratulations to all! Matthew Bagedonow - MIT Aikido ClubJames Baker - Aikido of NorfolkKnut Bauer - Central Illinois AikikaiP...


From Jim
Knee replacement went really well. Big thanks to Ron for helping me and Wendy back from the hospital.

Photos from Aikido of Norfolk's post 02/05/2024

Steve, Eric, and Ron (drove out before photo) representing Aikido of Norfolk with Penny Bernath Sensei at the Aikido of Charlotte. Had a great time!


There was a mix-up in the timing of the promotion list from the USAF. We'll put up the list again when it is official.




Hey, Przemek and his dad will be at class again on Thursday. Let's all try to make it to the second to last class of 2023!


We will have regular classes at the usual times for the New Year.


The dojo will be closed Wednesday , Nov. 22, as well as on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 23.


The dojo will be closed this Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble everybody!


Tonight was a good class. It ended a little early.


A Japanese policeman at the airport with a Jo.


It looks like some bad weather for Saturday morning making driving hazardous. So I'm cancelling class for tomorrow morning, Saturday Sept. 22. Jim


Saturday 16th the dojo will be closed.

We will be at a seminar in Newport News at the Denbigh Community Center
15198 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23608, USA


There will be no class on this Tuesday, the Fourth of July.
Enjoy the fireworks!

Photos from Aikido of Norfolk's post 06/12/2023

Thanks to everyone that came to help rework the floor boards this weekend!


No class tonight, Wednesday May 31st. Classes resume tomorrow.


Tonight's class, Wednesday May 24th, is cancelled. Sorry


Summer camp registration started this week!


Aikido Center of Atlanta is hosting a free seminar April 15th!


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 martial 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


Yes Virginia, there will be class tonight, Tuesday Dec. 27!!


No class on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2022


There will be no class on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
Gobble Gobble!


And yes, there is class tonight, Thursday June 9th!


We will have no classes this Tuesday, 7 June, nor on Wednesday, 8 June, out of an abundance of caution from a possible exposure to Covid last Saturday.
Closed Tuesday June 7th
Closed Wednesday June 8th.

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Videos (show all)

Aikido of Norfolk - Demonstration Video
Steve performing Shomenuchi Jiyu Waza.
Baker Sensei slamming Spencer like a door.




701 Baker Road
Virginia Beach, VA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 6:30pm - 8pm
Wednesday 6:30pm - 8pm
Thursday 6:30pm - 8pm
Saturday 10:30am - 12pm

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