Aikido of Northern Virginia was founded in September 1999. Prior to that time, the dojo was Northern Virginia Budokan.
Aikido of Northern Virginia is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors elected from and by the membership. Instead of paying for individual lessons, students pay monthly membership dues. All students assist in the maintenance of the dojo.
We pride ourselves on maintaining the dojo -- not only as a place for serious Aikido training and discipline -- but also as a place with a sense of belonging and concern for each other.
The Chief Instructor,Jim Sorrentino, holds a fifth-degree black belt in aikido. He began his martial training in Uechi-ryu Karate-do under Robert Galeone in 1977, and holds a third-degree black belt in that art as well. With Mr. Galeone's encouragement, Mr. Sorrentino began his study of aikido in 1984 under Mitsugi Saotome-sensei. Saotome-sensei was a disciple of O-Sensei for 15 years, and has trained in aikido since 1954. Mr. Sorrentino continues to study regularly under Saotome-sensei.
Mike Lasky, the dojo's Technical Advisor, began his aikido training in 1975 as a freshman at Oberlin College under Frank Hreha-sensei. Mr. Lasky continued his study with Mitsugi Saotome-sensei in 1975, when Saotome-sensei arrived in the United States, and he followed Saotome-sensei to Washington, DC, in 1979. Mr. Lasky served on the Board of Directors of Aikido Shobukan Dojo (formerly known as the Washington, DC Aikikai) from 1981 to 2003. He received his 6th dan in 2001. Mr. Lasky teaches and trains regularly at Aikido of Northern Virginia.