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 – a foundation of a wide range of experiences and perspectives – greatly enriches the practice of Aikido. 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 are core values 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. Read more.
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 through a scholarship program funded by tax-deductible donations.