Aikido | Midlothian, VA

Aikido is a martial art that focuses on the principles of blending with an opponent’s movements, redirecting their energy, and applying joint locks and throws. At Mongrel Martial Arts, our Aikido program emphasizes the importance of harmony, discipline, and self-awareness. Our experienced Aikido instructors guide students through the techniques and principles of Aikido, helping individuals develop a deeper understanding of the martial art.

Aikido promotes physical fitness, as it emphasizes the importance of developing core strength, flexibility, and balance. Our Aikido program also helps individuals develop mental focus, discipline, and confidence, which can be applied to all areas of their lives. Our gym’s welcoming and inclusive atmosphere is perfect for individuals of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced martial artists. Whether you are looking to improve your physical fitness, build your self-defense skills, or simply learn a martial art that emphasizes harmony and discipline, our Aikido program has something for everyone.

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Our Instructors

Mike Stefanelli Sensei began his Martial Arts training when he was 14. He has trained in several striking arts including Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and Kickboxing. He began his Wadokai Aikido training in 2016 under Christine Golden Shihan, Jerome Legions Shihan, and James Golden Sensei. Stefanelli Sensei was awarded the rank of Nidan in 2023.

Matt Branch Sensei started training in Wadokai Aikido in 2012 at the College of Charleston, SC, under Bill Epperson Shihan. He then trained at Hombu dojo with Suenaka Sensei for a number of years before moving to Richmond and joining Aikido RVA South. He was awarded the rank of Nidan in 2021.

Gerry Walls Sensei began martial training in Tae Kwon Doe and Tai Chi, then found his way to Aikikai Aikido between 1990 and 1995. In 2012 Walls sensei started studying Wadokai Aikido under James Golden Sensei and Christine Golden Shihan, and was awarded the rank of Nidan in 2021. He continues training regularly at both Richmond Wadokai locations, and also currently trains in Wing Chun.