Ready for a Pandemic Reboot? Let Aikido Practice Revitalize You

One-day Workshop

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4-class Intro

We live in challenging times, but now more than ever, we need a personal practice that allows us to feel vital in our bodies and connected to a community. 

Join Seattle Aikikai and choose a type of practice that feels right for you: 

          “Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,
          a body that can be trained in some manner,
          a suitable path to follow.”    -O Sensei (founder of Aikido)

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INDOORS

Thursday evening classes for vaccinated members, masks required. Classes held at Aikido Seattle Dojo.

OUTDOORS

Saturday morning Aikido (social distancing, mask-optional)

The Future of Aikido is Inclusive

We believe that a foundation of diversity — a wide range of experiences and perspectives — greatly enriches, and is necessary to the practice of Aikido. We recognize that dojos can reflect the inherent inequity in our society and all members come with implicit bias. Cultural understanding and humility in the delivery of accessible, inclusive programming is a core value of our dojo. Black. Lives. Matter. Until the actions of individuals and society demonstrate this to be true, we need to recommit ourselves to this pledge every day.  MORE

About Aikido

"To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace."
– Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is a modern martial art developed in the late 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, known as O Sensei (“Great Teacher”). Translated, Aikido (合気道) means "the way of harmonizing with energy." O Sensei realized that winning at the expense of another's defeat was not a victory. Aikido blends with an attack, using timing and momentum. The attacker's momentum is redirected or evaded, leading into into a throw or pin.  In this way, the aggressor's physical safety is maintained, and they learn that they can only harm themselves. Aikido has no sparring or competition.

In a relentlessly fast-paced world, Aikido provides a place where you can practice mindfulness, develop mental and physical strength, and flexibility. Aikido boosts concentration, learning capability, and leadership skills.

Community

Seattle Aikikai is fortunate to have a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes everyone with the desire to practice. Aikido requires commitment and discipline, but our members will challenge you to be your best, and will do all we can to support your practice. Our local aikido community is part of a larger community, in the Pacific Northwest and Internationally. The Aikido family can be found in every corner of the globe, and our members often travel to seminars in the U.S. and abroad, including Japan, Spain, and more. 

"As a longtime Aikido practitioner and a newcomer to Seattle, I knew the best way to get a feel for the city (and make new friends) would be to join a dojo. While there were a handful of choices, Seattle Aikikai really stood out for its warm welcome, acceptance of students coming from different training backgrounds, and its study of Aikido as both a physical and spiritual practice."
– Mahika R.

Instructors

"When you walk into a dojo you cross a threshold. You are walking into a space that is unique and special. You feel that you will find something in the dojo that was missing from your life — something that you have been looking for. My job as an instructor is to help facilitate that experience."
– Malory Graham

Graham Sensei fell in love with aikido while in college training with Paul Sylvain Sensei in 1988. She founded Seattle Aikikai and has been professionally teaching since 1997. She received her 6th Dan from Y. Yamada Shihan in 2014.  She continues to develop her own training with Yoko Okamoto and Chris Mulligan Senseis of Aikido Kyoto.  Along with teaching aikido and yoga, she has had tandem careers as a filmmaker and non-profit Executive Director. She has made films to promote women in aikido and has been deeply committed to the social justice/youth development field.

Our instructors are certified in first aid, CPR, and AED through the Cascade Training Center.

Dave Becker
Roy May
Faith Lumsden
Daniel Top
Tom Lee
John Peng

Inclusivity

Seattle Aikikai is fortunate to have a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes everyone with the desire to practice. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination or harassment of any kind. We take feedback seriously, and any given will remain confidential.

We believe that diversity greatly enriches the practice of Aikido. Its success as a martial art depends upon a foundation of a wide range of experiences and perspectives. We are committed to the inclusion and support of all members regardless of race, color, age, culture, ability, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, veteran status, citizenship, or socioeconomic status.

We recognize that dojos can reflect the inherent inequity in our society and all members come with implicit bias. Cultural understanding and humility in the delivery of accessible, inclusive programming is a core value of our dojo.

We support diversity in our membership by:

  • Practicing non-discrimination at home and at seminars
  • Encouraging awareness of appropriate, welcoming language
  • Working to reduce physical, social, and economic barriers to practice
  • Reducing barriers to participation in classes and events by providing scholarships

Seattle Aikikai is a 501(c)3 non-profit dojo, and we provide training for anyone though a scholarship program funded by tax-deductible donations.