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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 Wednesday evening at 6pm or you can contact us to make separate arrangements. We also welcome visiting aikidoka from any style for a small mat fee.

Recent Blogs

  • New Saturday Class Time in September

    The normal Saturday class time will be moving up starting September 1, 2015. The current time is at 1:00pm-2:30pm, but the new time will be 10:00am – 11:30am. The calendar will be updated with the new time on September 1st. Hope to see you on the mat at the new … Continue reading >

  • Thanksgiving Seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Nov. 27-29

    Chicago Aikido is proud and privileged to host Mitsugi Saotome Shihan for our annual Thanksgiving Seminar on November 27th through November 29th. Complete details are forthcoming, but please save the date now! Hope to see you on the mat!

  • Stephen Weinberg Sensei Seminar in Santa Barbara, Oct. 9-11

    Traveling to Santa Barbara, California in October? Chicago Aikikai’s own Stephen Weinberg Sensei will be hosted by Aikido of Santa Barbara for a weekend seminar on October 9th through the 11th. Further details are still pending, but keep an eye here and they will be posted when available.

  • Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Milwaukee Aikido Club, Oct. 2-4

    Milwaukee Aikido Club will be hosting Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan for a weekend seminar in Milwaukee on October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The cost for the entire seminar will be $140, but individual class periods are available at $45 per class. Any opportunity to train with Ikeda Shihan is a good … Continue reading >

  • Lake County Aikikai 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 26th

    Please consider attending the Lake County Aikikai’s Anniversary Celebration of Charles Tseng Sensei’s 40th year of instruction in Lake County. This will be a one day event with many great instructors including Charles Tseng Sensei, Joe Takehara Sensei Yuki Hara Sensei, Wendy Whited Sensei, and Art Benjamin Sensei. Classes are … Continue reading >


Class Schedule

    Monday through Thursday from 6:15-7:30pm
    Saturday 1-2:30pm & Sunday 11am-12:30pm
    Every Wednesday 6:15-7:30pm, please show up a few minutes early to warm up.

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