Our Dojo

Welcome to Chicago Aikikai

The first dojo in the Midwest dedicated to Aikido, Chicago Aikikai offers a warm community and a tranquil environment for the study of the traditional Japanese “martial art of peace.”

Marsha Turner Sensei, Chief Instructor, is a fifth dan and student of Mitsugi Saotome Sensei and Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, but began her studies under Chicago Aikikai’s former dojo-cho Kevin Choate Sensei (seventh dan) in 1986. After Choate Sensei’s passing in December 2012, Saotome Sensei appointed Turner Sensei as chief instructor and dojo-cho for Chicago Aikikai. Turner Sensei is known for her exceptional weapons skills having earned a shodan rank in Iaido, and being a former student of Western-style fencing.

New to Chicago Aikikai? Please join us for a free introductory Aikido class any Sunday morning at 11 a.m. or you can contact us to make separate arrangements. We also welcome visiting aikidoka from any style for a small mat fee.

Recent Blogs

  • Thanksgiving Seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan on November 25-27

    Chicago Aikikai is very proud and excited to host Mitsugi Saotome Shihan for our annual Thanksgiving seminar at our dojo on November 25-27. Classes will be at the usual seminar times (Friday 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday 10-12pm and 3-5pm, and Sunday 10-12pm). You can attend the entire seminar for $150 if you … Continue reading >

  • Registration for Labor Day Seminar with Ikeda Shihan Is Open!

    Chicago Aikikai is very proud to host Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan for a seminar over the Labor Day weekend at our dojo on September 2-4, 2016. The first class will be held on Friday evening from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be 2 classes on Saturday from 10am-12pm and then from 3-5pm followed … Continue reading >

  • Class Tonight

    ​To anyone planning to attend class tonight, please be advised that traffic estimates have your instructor arriving to teach at 6:40pm.  Many apologies, but the weather has made traffic horrible. Brad will be there as soon as possible.

  • Introductory Class Moving from Wednesdays to Sundays

    Effective immediately the introductory class that has traditionally been held on Wednesday evenings is being moved to the Sunday morning class. This will give many more instructors an opportunity to meet new students and share the principles of Aikido to those visiting the dojo for the first time. If there … Continue reading >

  • One Day Friendship Seminar with Marsha Turner Sensei at Abiding Spirit Center in Crystal Lake

    Marsha Turner Sensei will be joining Lisa Tomoleoni Sensei of Abiding Spirit Aikikai in Crystal Lake for a one day Friendship Seminar at Abiding Spirit Center in Crystal Lake on June 26th. There will be a morning class from 9am – 12pm, and an afternoon class from 2:30pm – 4:45pm, … Continue reading >


Class Schedule

    Monday through Thursday from 6:15-7:30pm
    Saturday 10am-11:30am & Sunday 11am-12:30pm
    Every Sunday 11am-12:30pm, please show up a few minutes early to warm up.

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