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.


Upcoming Dojo Events

  1. President’s Day – Dojo Closed

    February 19
  2. Tres Hofmeister Shihan Summer Seminar

    June 1 @ 6:30 PM - June 3 @ 12:00 PM
  3. Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan Labor Day Seminar

    August 31 @ 6:30 PM - September 2 @ 12:00 PM

Map & Directions

Chicago Aikikai
1444 W. Chicago Avenue
2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60642

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Free parking is available along the North and South bound streets, and in the diagonal spots behind Golder Prep (see parking map)