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 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 with Wendy Whited Sensei

    Please join us for our December special third Friday class happening this Friday, December 19th at the dojo. We are very pleased to welcome Wendy Whited Sensei, 6th Dan from Inaka Dojo in beautiful Beecher, IL. Class will be from 6:15pm to 8:15pm followed by a social gathering in the … Continue reading >

  • Exploring the Tanto Seminar with Jeff Hempel Sensei, 4 Dan

    The Exploring the Tanto Seminar with Jeff Hempel Sensei, 4 Dan, will be held at Abiding Spirit Aikikai on January 24th, 2015 from 12pm – 3:30pm. The fee is $30 for the seminar plus an additional $10 if you would like to attend a pizza party at the dojo after … Continue reading >

  • Special Third Friday Class for November with Kay Sandacz Sensei

    Please join us for our special third Friday of the month class on November 21, 2014. We are very fortunate to have a special guest sensei instructing. Kay Sandacz Sensei from Inaka Dojo in Beecher, IL will be teaching class with a special focus on “Intention Without Tension.” Class will … Continue reading >

  • Thanksgiving Seminar Flyer

    To help promote Chicago Aikikai’s upcoming annual Thanksgiving Seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, please link to or print out the flyer created.  It’s available for download here! Hope to see you all there!

  • 8 Days To Linda Holiday Sensei!

    A reminder to all Aikidoka in the Chicago area that Linda Holiday Sensei, Chief Instructor for Aikido of Santa Cruz, will be the guest instructor for a special 2-hour class at Chicago Aikikai on Wednesday, October 8th from 6:15-8:15.  The cost for this special session is only $20, and she … 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

  • 11.21 · November's Special Third Friday Class with special guest Kay Sandacz Sensei. Topic: Intention without Tension.
  • 11.28 - 11.30 · Mitsugi Saotome Shihan at Chicago Aikikai for the annual Thanksgiving Seminar. Register here!
  • 12.19 · December's Special Third Friday Class with special guest Wendy Whited Sensei.

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