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

  • Third Friday Class for July

    The special 3rd Friday class for the month on July 18th will be with Stephen Weinberg between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.  All students are welcome to train and are invited to stay after class to socialize.  Bring any food or beverages you would like, and anything you can share is always … Continue reading >

  • Samurai Saturday Weapons Class with Whited Sensei

    There will be a two class session with Wendy Whited Sensei at Inaka Dojo in Beecher, IL on Saturday, July 19.  The session will be focusing on the ASU kumitachi kata 1-12 and kumijo kata 1-6 as a refresher for testing.  Anyone who has basic knowledge of kumitachi 1-5 are … Continue reading >

  • Mudansha Testing

    The special 3rd Friday class for the month of June will be dedicated to Mudansha training for the Chicago Aikikai and affiliated clubs.  Please join us on Friday, June 20th for Kyu testing at the Chicago Aikikai dojo from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Attendees are also invited to stay … Continue reading >

  • Memorial Day Training Schedule 2014

    The dojo will be open for Saturday and Sunday classes on Memorial Day weekend (May 24-25), but will be closed for Memorial Day itself (Monday, May 26).  Please enjoy the holiday!

  • Online Registration Open for June Seminar with Tres Hofmeister

    Registration is open for our June seminar with Tres Hofmeister 7th dan. We look forward to welcoming members from all aikido affiliations to this three day event. If you have any questions or need more information please email us at: info at chicagoaikikai dot org Register Now


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

  • 06.20 · Mudansha Testing for Chicago Aikikai and affiliated clubs. Details here.
  • 07.02 - 07.06 · 2014 Summer Camp in Washington DC with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. Details here.
  • 09.12 - 09.14 · Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at the Milwaukee Aikido Club in Milwaukee, WI. Details here.

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