Our regular Aikido classes will resume shortly. See our Class Schedule for current classes.

“The goals of Aikido are there for all to achieve. To become a person in harmony with others, to become an integrated and balanced individual, and to explore our full human potential should be the aims of the Aikido student. It is obviously a lifetime pursuit.”

Yoshimitsu Yamada, (Chairman and Chief Instructor, United States Aikido Association), Ultimate Aikido

Damir & JoelAll classes are taught in a manner that accommodates the individual’s level of fitness and training.

Aikido classes usually begin with a warm-up that focuses on the muscles and movements used in Aikido practice. Techniques are demonstrated by the instructor and then students pair up and practice the technique shown while the instructor provides feedback. Three or four techniques are usually reviewed in this way and then used in a less structured period of practice, giwaza or randori, to help the student integrate the techniques as dynamic movements. Class then usually concludes with traditional cool-down exercises.

Aikido throw by senior martial art students at Austin Aikikai. In addition to empty-handed techniques, Aikido classes regularly include training in jo (staff) and bokken (training sword) techniques.

Informal training opportunities (open mat times) are also available on request for students who train regularly.

Classes are led by Jamsek Sensei or one of our other yudansha (blackbelts). (In addition to our Sensei, Austin Aikikai has approximately five sandans (third-degree blackbelts), three nidans (second-degree blackbelts), and two shodans (first-degree blackbelts) in regular attendance.)

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Martial art students lined up for Aikido Class