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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

  • Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan Seminar at Abiding Spirit, September 4-6, 2015

    Abiding Spirit Aikido Center in Crystal Lake will be hosting a seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan on September 4-6 at their dojo. Classes will be on Friday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Saturday from 10:30am – 12:30pm and 3:00pm – 5:00pm (followed by a dinner party), and Sunday 10:30am – 12:30pm. … Continue reading >

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  • Abiding Spirit “Chop ‘Til You Drop” Fundraiser

    Due to rising rent costs, Abiding Spirit Dojo is anticipating a move in early 2016 from their current location, and as such they are organizing a fundraising event on August 1st. Abiding Spirit students have each committed to executing 1,000 suburi (practice sword strikes) for donations. All proceeds will go … Continue reading >

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  • Lake County Aikikai 40th Anniversary Celebration Seminar on September 26th

    Lake County Aikikai is hosting a special seminar and banquet to celebrate their 40th Anniversary of Aikido in Lake County under Charles Tseng Sensei. Along with Charles Tseng Sensei, other guest instructors include Joe Takehara Sensei, Yuki Hara Sensei, Wendy Whited Sensei, and Art Benjamin Sensei. The seminar will be … Continue reading >

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  • 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 >

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  • 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/

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Class Schedule

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

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