Aikido in the heart of Richmond’s Fan District

Aikido seminar at the Fan Dojo with George Ledyard SenseiThe Fan Dojo is Richmond’s premier venue for training in Aikido and other traditional martial arts. We welcome beginners, as well as experienced practitioners and visitors of all affiliations. Please see our schedule for class times.

The Fan Dojo is located in Richmond’s Fan district at 2310-1/2 West Main Street, between Strawberry and Stafford Streets.

About the Martial Art of Aikido

Aikido Founder Ueshiba Morihei
Ueshiba Morihei, Founder of Aikido

Aikido is both old and new. Rooted in Japan’s centuries old martial arts tradition, it was founded in the mid-twentieth century by Ueshiba Morihei as a path of moral and spiritual development and mind-body union.

Aikido teaches not only the principles of self-defense and conflict resolution but a practical approach to dealing with the challenges of modern living, all through the medium of physical discipline. Practice sessions involve moderate to challenging exercise and contact with other practitioners.

The Fan Dojo is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba in the U.S. and the Aikikai Foundation (Hombu Dojo) in Japan.


Photo Mar 06Steve Earle has practiced Aikido for over forty-five years, including over ten years in Japan. Since 1992, he has been affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba under Saotome Mitsugi Shihan. He is author of Heaven’s Wind: The Life and Teachings of Nakamura Tempu and co-translator, together with Josh Drachman, of Saotome Shihan’s, A Light on Transmission.


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Tobin Foster has practiced Aikido since 1992. He holds the rank of sandan (3rd dan) from Aikido Schools of Ueshiba under Saotome Mitsugi Shihan.





Joe Montague has over 30 years experience with Aikido and other Japanese martial arts.

Learn aikido basics from qualified instructors

Learn the basics of the art of aikido at the Fan Dojo through hands-on instruction from senior instructors.

Learn aikido at the Fan Dojo

$55 / month for the first 3 months (Check, cash, or major credit cards accepted)

Class times:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays  6~7pm

Tuesdays, Thursdays 6~7am (Early morning class!)

Saturdays 9~10:30am

NO CONTRACTS. Attend as your schedule permits.

Aikido Kids, Martial Arts for Children

Aikido KidsAikido Kids, Joe Montague, teacher



** Parent Participation Welcome! **

Instructed by Joe Montague, 40+ years of martial arts experience


Sundays, 5:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm


$60 / month

$10 / month for each additional sibling; maximum $100 / family

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