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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

  • Tres Hoffmeister Seminar is Right Around the Corner!

    The Tres Hoffmeister seminar is right around the corner! Early bird pricing for the seminar has ended, but online registration for the seminar is still available for $140 for all 3 days. Tres Hoffmeister Shihan is a wonderful instructor, and Chicago Aikikai is privileged to be hosting him again for … Continue reading >

  • Senior Systema Instructor Max Franz at Chicago Aikikai, May 16-17

    One of the senior Systema instructors under Vladimir Vasiliev and star of “Deadliest Warrior: Spetsnaz Vs. Green Beret”, Max Franz, will be returning to Chicago Aikikai for a Systema seminar on May 16th and 17th. Details about the event are on the Chicago Systema Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/527739153935076/

  • Kashiwaya Sensei Seminar in Chicago, May 1-3

    The University of Chicago Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Club (Genki Kai Dojo) will be hosting Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th Dan Aikido, Okuden, Chief Instructor of Midland Ki Federation, Shin Shin Toitsu Aikidokai Shihan, Head of Ki-Aikido USA and Special Advisor to Headquarters, next weekend, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd 2015, at … Continue reading >

  • April 5th Class Canceled

    The April 5th class is canceled this week due to Easter and Passover holidays.  Classes will resume as normal on Monday, April 6th.   Enjoy the rest, and we’ll see you back on the mat the day after.  

  • Registration for Tres Hoffmeister Seminar, June 5-7, 2015 is Now Open

    Chicago Aikikai is proud to host Tres Hoffmeister, 7 Dan from Boulder Aikikai for a seminar at the Chicago Aikikai dojo on June 5th through June 7th. The seminar is $120 for the entire weekend if you register before May 27th. The cost of the seminar after May 27th is … 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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