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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.”

Kevin Choate Sensei, Chief Instructor, is a sixth dan and student of Mitsugi Saotome Sensei and Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei. He has been chief instructor at Chicago Aikikai since 1981 and has earned a reputation for high-quality instruction, always demanding the best from his students as well as himself in his own training. Choate Sensei teaches as a senior instructor for Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) and travels frequently to conduct Aikido seminars across the country and overseas. He has trained thousands of Aikido students in the Chicago area, including classes for senior citizens, youth, actors, and dancers. Choate Sensei is also a Certified Instructor in Training of the Russian Martial Art Systema.

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

  • Registration For Maxim Franz Systema Workshop

    June Workshop with Maxim Franz: June 1-2, 2013 Seminar Details & Schedule June Seminar with Maxim Franz at Chicago Aikikai. Space is limited, please register early. Topics: -Systema wrestling -Release from holds -Dynamic breaks -Strikes -short work knife vs. Knife Saturday TBD Sunday TBD Register The price $150 The registrant’s … Continue reading >

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  • Registration For Single Day of Maxim Franz Systema Workshop

    June Workshop with Maxim Franz: June 1-2, 2013 – One Day Only Seminar Details & Schedule June Seminar with Maxim Franz at Chicago Aikikai. Space is limited, please register early. Topics: -Systema wrestling -Release from holds -Dynamic breaks -Strikes -short work knife vs. Knife Saturday TBD Sunday TBD Register The … Continue reading >

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  • 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

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  • Seminar with Tres Hofmeister 7th Dan

    We will be holding an fundraising seminar with Tres Hofmeister, 7th Dan, June 7 – 9 at the Chicago Aikikai. Classes will follow the traditional schedule: Friday night: 6-8pm Saturday: 10am-12pm , 3-5pm Sunday: 10am-12pm Full weekend registration is $120 if reserved via PayPal by May 29th After the 29th … Continue reading >

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  • Kevin Choate Sensei — Celebration of Life and Practice

    Along with the aikido world, we at the Chicago Aikikai were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Kevin Choate Sensei, sixth dan and long time dojo-cho of our school. Choate Sensei passed away on December 1, 2012, from cardio vascular disease. He was 58 years old. Emails and … 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.

Dojo Events

  • 11.29.13 - 12.1.13 Thanksgiving Seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan Register Now

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