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Aikido & Self Defense for the Mind,Body, and Spirit


The Brandermill Aikido Club (BAC) is a family owned and operated not for profit venture teaching and practicing Wadokai Aikido, Ki Development (unification of mind and body), and Karate Jutsu principles for application in our daily lives.  Self defense for the mind, body and spirit are cornerstones of our practice.  BAC offers a unique experience where the traditional concepts of martial arts (Budo) are modernized for application in today’s world.   Our training involves physical conditioning, striking, joint locks, throws, dynamic body movement and pins.  Ki development training is also an essential component of our program to enhance the effectiveness of self defense techniques as well as aspects of our daily lives.

Brandermill Aikido Club offers aikido classes in an intimate environment, small class sizes and a high level of instructor attention in a  positive atmosphere.  While the training is rigorous, it is easily adapted to individual students capabilities and limitations.


Benefits of Aikido

Aikido training involves a rigorous practice of practical self-defense techniques in order to control a bigger , stronger, and faster person. In addition to being an excellent form of self-defense, Aikido classes also promote physical fitness and emotional and spiritual well being.
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Benefits include:

  • Practical Self-defense skills
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Increased Ki energy
  • Weight loss
  • Stress reduction
  • Greater flexibility
  • Increased stamina
  • Sharper mental focus

A primary reason people begin the study of Aikido is for self-defense. While Suenaka-Ha Aikido is an effective martial art for self-defense, it also offers a positive philosophy that includes the concept of unification of mind and body (Ki Development). Many of the things you learn on the mat will also enhance activities in your daily life. The techniques of Aikido include a focus on taking your opponents balance and controlling him by using his own energy against him. This approach provides a very powerful means of self-defense, without the requirement for great physical strength which make it ideal as a martial art for self defense, law enforcement, women and people of all physical fitness levels.

Visit An Aikido Class!

The best way to get a feel for Aikido is to see it in action. Prospective students are encouraged to come by and watch a  class or two and meet our instructors.  You can even join us on the mat to see if Aikido is right for you.  There are no contracts and there is never any pressure to join.

There are 2 locations where you can learn Wadokai Aikido in the Greater Richmond Area.

Joining just one of the two gyms allows you full enrollment into both dojo locations.


Brandermill Aikido Club  -a member of GYM INYO —

serving Midlothian and Chesterfield VA

13603 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA 23112

Right behind the BP gas station–look for the neon sign.

Class Times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays!


Our Sister Dojo —Aikido RVA –

serving Richmond and Henrico VA

2196 Lanier Ln, Rockville, VA 23146

Class Times:

Fridays and Sundays!