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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

  • John Messores Shihan at Inaka Dojo May 8th-10th

    Inaka Dojo in beautiful Beecher, IL will host John Messores Shihan, Chief Instructor for the Jion Juku Aikido Academy of Warrior Spirit in Largo, FL for a seminar May 8th-10th. The full seminar is $150 and individual classes are $50 each. This is another wonderful opportunity for some amazing instruction … Continue reading >

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  • 2015 Midwest Aikido Bridge Seminar at Abiding Spirit Aikikai March 27-29

    Abiding Spirit Aikikai will host the 2015 Midwest Aikido Bridge Seminar at their dojo in Crystal Lake, IL March 27th through March 29th. There is an excellent line-up of instructors this year with the following instructors scheduled to teach: Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Lee Crawford Sensei, Bob Garza Sensei, Greeg Deutsch … Continue reading >

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  • Seishiro Endo Shihan at Abiding Spirit Aikikai April 10-12

    Abiding Spirit Aikikai will be hosting a special seminar with Seishiro Endo Shihan, 8th Dan, from the Aikido Hombu Dojo in Japan April 10th through April 12th. The venue for this seminar will be at the Centre of Elgin – Heritage Ballroom in Elgin, IL. This is a wonderful and … Continue reading >

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  • Class for Sunday, Feb 1 Cancelled

    Due to the inclement weather and poor travel conditions, Chicago Aikikai is canceling class for today.  We deeply apologize for the short notice, but the conditions deteriorated quickly.  Please stay safe today if you do have to travel!

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  • 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 >

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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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