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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 sixth 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 Sunday morning at 11 a.m. or you can contact us to make separate arrangements. We also welcome visiting aikidoka from any style for a small mat fee.

Recent Blogs

  • Marsha Turner, Chicago Aikikai Chief Instructor, Promoted to Rokudan (6 dan)

    Chicago Aikikai offers our excited and enthusiastic congratulations to our dojo cho and chief instructor, Marsha Turner, on her promotion to rokudan (6th degree black belt). This honor is the earned result of more than 30 years of dedication to the art of aikido and her immense generosity of her … Continue reading >

  • Free Introductory Class on Sundays

    A special introductory class is offered each Sunday morning class. This class will give instructors an opportunity to meet new students, work closely with them, and share the principles of Aikido to those visiting the dojo for the first time. Wear sweatpants and a t-shirt and join in the fun. … Continue reading >

  • Training Differently

    Every practice has a cost, there is a ton of slag for an ounce of gold. Just walking in the door and getting on the map for an hour doesn’t necessarily meaning that you’ll make any progress. Over time technique will stagnate and training may get boring, but even worse … Continue reading >

  • Taking Ukemi

    Half of an aikido class is falling down and while falling down is fun, good exercise and a chance to feel the skills of my partner I want it to be more.  I’ve come to realize that I can help a new student more when I am taking ukemi that … Continue reading >

  • Are You Really Training?

    Have you ever noticed this about yourself? Your partner does an “unfair” move towards you, for example, he responds to your light strike with a hard and painful one. And then you get angry. Or your partner is a bit arrogant or slow to learn, and you get irritated. Then … Continue reading >


Class Schedule

    Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 6:15-7:15am
    Monday through Thursday from 6:15-7:30pm
    Saturday 10am-11:30am & Sunday 11am-12:30pm
    Every Sunday 11am-12:30pm, please show up a few minutes early to sign in and warm up.

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