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We practice Shodokan Aikido, a style of Aikido that utilizes both kata and randori in order to develop well-rounded martial artists.  

We invite you to join us for a free try-out session.  We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Columbia Athletic Club.  

We are a member club of Aikido America International, an organization affiliated with the Japan Aikido Association.   


Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba, who envisioned aikido not only as the synthesis of his martial training, but as an expression of his personal philosophy of universal peace and reconciliation. During Ueshiba's lifetime and continuing today, aikido has evolved from the Aiki that Ueshiba studied into a wide variety of expressions by martial artists throughout the world.

Shodokan Aikido is the style of Aikido founded by Kenji Tomiki. Tomiki was was one of the early students of both Ueshiba and Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. Shodokan Aikido is sometimes referred to as "Sport Aikido" because of its use of regular competitions. Shodokan places more emphasis on free-form randori sparring than most other styles of aikido. The training method requires a balance between randori and the more stylized kata training along with a well-developed set of training drills both specific for randori and for general aikido development. The participation in actual shiai (competitive randori) very much depends on the club with greater emphasis being found in the university clubs, although randori is core to all Shodokan clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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