Free Introductory Class

Interested in trying aikido? Chicago Aikikai invites you to a free "Introduction to Aikido" class every Sunday morning from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Please show up a few minutes early to warm up and bring sweats or other loose-fitting exercise clothing to learn a few basic Aikido moves.


Visiting Aikidoka

All visiting aikidoka are welcome to train in this dojo regardless of Aikido affiliation. We ask that you first introduce yourself to the instructor, sign a waiver form, and pay a $20 mat fee.

3rd Friday class on Japanese for Aikido

Our member Satoko Ogura Bourdaghs will lead November’s “3rd Friday” class on “Basic Japanese Terms and Etiquette for Aikido.” See the post for more information:

Free Intro Classes

Curious about Chicago Aikikai? We have two classes especially to welcome you!

Newcomers are invited to our Saturday 10 AM class or to our Sunday at 11 AM class. You are welcome to join us on the mat, or to observe. Please bring a mask.

If you will be practicing with us, you will need to bring proof of vaccination against covid-19. Please show up a few minutes early to introduce yourself, sign a waiver, and to warm up.  Bring sweats or other loose-fitting exercise clothing (and your mask).

If you’d prefer to visit a different class, please contact to make arrangements.

Visiting aikidoka, regardless of affiliation, are welcome to train for a small mat fee.


Chicago Aikikai is located at:

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

Free parking is available along the North and South bound streets, and (weekends and after 4:30 PM on schooldays) in the diagonal spots behind Golder Prep.