New Member Special

New Member Special (adults only): Three months for the price of two (requires WAAI membership)—For example, a new adult member would pay $120 for the first three months (including $20 WAAI annual membership), a $50 discount!

We also offer a Family Special with a 10% discount for families (requires at least 1 adult membership).

The first class is always free!  More information for beginners.


Beginner’s Class

New to Aikido, or know someone who might be interested? Beginners are welcome to any class. When you come for the first time, simply wear loose fitting clothing and come 15 minutes before class time to speak with the instructor.

Aikido is a Budo (martial art) created by Morihei Ueshiba.  Aikido  is often translated as the way (do) of harmony or love (aiki).

The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one’s character according to the rules of nature. One becomes “resilient” inside yet this strength is expressed softly. Movements found in nature are efficient, rational, and soft, while the center is immovable, firm, and stable. This principal of a firm center is universally consistent — and must be true for each person. The culmination of Aikido is expressed by aligning one’s center with the center expressed throughout nature.

Aikido movement maintains this firm and stable center with an emphasis on spherical rotation characterized by flowing, circular, dance-like motions. These pivoting, entering and circling motions are used to control and overcome the opponent. The principle of spherical rotation makes it possible to defend one self from an opponent of superior size, strength, and experience.

Although Aikido movements are soft, rational, and smooth as in nature, by applying a bit of force, these can become devastatingly effective. The gentle quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men and women and children regardless of age. It not only offers spiritual development but also provides exercise and teaches proper etiquette and behavior.

May 18th, 2013 | AoM Spring Seminar with Grand Marais Aikikai

The AoM Spring Seminar will be held in conjunction with Grand Marais Aikikai, and Prairie Winds Aikido the weekend of May 18, 2013.  Grand Marais Aikikai will host the seminar in Grand Marais, MN to commemorate their 20th Anniversary.  The seminar will feature Rev. Zenko N. Okimura, 7th Dan Shihan, founder, Board Chairman, and Chief Technical Advisor of World Aikido Aikikai, Inc. (WAAI), and Josef Birdsong, 6th Dan Chief Instructor of Aikido of Austin, TX.

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October 6th & 7th, 2012 | 2012 Fall Seminar and U of M Aikido Club’s 40th Anniversary!

Aikido of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Aikido Club proudly announce our 2012 Fall Seminar, featuring the Rev. Zenko N. Okimura, 7th Dan Shihan, founder, Board Chairman, and Chief Technical Advisor of World Aikido Aikikai, Inc. (WAAI).

This year also marks the 40th anniversary for the University of Minnesota Aikido Club.  Come join the celebration!

U of M Armory (15 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

Click here to view the seminar flier

August 19th, 2012 | AoM Demonstration at Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Aikido of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Aikido Club will be participating in the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival held each year in Como Park, an event celebrating the Japanese Obon holiday.  Come visit our table and check out our demonstration.  Grounds open at 3pm. Check out the event website for more information.