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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

  • Special Third Friday Class for September This Week!

    Please join us at the dojo for our special Third Friday class for September this Friday, September 19th from 6:15pm – 8:15pm. Marsha Turner Sensei will be leading this class with tentative theme of Expansion and Compression of Space. As usual, we encourage everyone to stay after class and socialize. … Continue reading >

  • Thanksgiving Seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, November 28-30

    The Chicago Aikikai is excited and privileged to once again to host Mitsugi Saotome Shihan for our annual Thanksgiving Seminar on November 28-30. We will be posting more details and a registration page soon, so please check back!

  • Guest Instructor Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th Dan on October 8th

    Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th Dan will be a guest instructor for Chicago Aikikai on Wednesday, October 8th from 6:15pm to 8:15pm. Holiday Sensei the Chief Instructor of Aikido of Santa Cruz and the author of the recently published book Journey to the Heart of Aikido, a combination of memoir, history, … Continue reading >

  • Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan in Crystal Lake, IL, Oct 10-12, 2014

    The Abiding Spirit Aikikai in Crystal Lake, IL will be hosting a seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan on October 10-12, 2014.  Details and a registration form can be found here.  Be sure to check with your fellow students at Chicago Aikikai, as several students will likely be attending and carpools … Continue reading >

  • Third Friday Class for August

    The special 3rd Friday class for the month is coming up this Friday, August 15th, and will have an Ukemi focus and be hosted by Tony Hudson.  All students are welcome to train and are invited to stay after class to socialize.  Bring any food or beverages you would like, … 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.

Dojo Events

  • 09.19 · Third Friday class this month. Please join us for our special 2 hour class this Friday! Details here.
  • 10.08 · Linda Holiday Sensei is teaching a special 2 hour Wednesday class of instruction and readings from her new book. Details here.
  • 10.10 - 10.12 · Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Abiding Spirit Aikikai in Crystal Lake, IL. Details here.
  • 11.28 - 11.30 · Mitsugi Saotome Shihan at Chicago Aikikai for the annual Thanksgiving Seminar. Details soon.

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