500 Talcottville Road, Suite 5
Vernon, CT 06066

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What is aikido?

Aikido ("ai" - harmony, "ki" - energy, "do" - path or way) is a Japanese defensive martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Aikido focuses on circular movements to avoid and redirect an assailant's attack. Aikidoists use the attacker's force to unbalance and neutralize an assault by executing throwing techniques, arm pins, and wrist and elbow locks. Aikido does not emphasize strength. The techniques rely on the relaxed projection of energy generated by rotating the hips.


Aikido Hartford has classes for men and women age 13 and up. All classes are open to people of all levels. Martial arts experience is not required. Monthly fees are $85 for adults and $50 for seniors 65 and over, students age 13 to 17 and full-time post-secondary students. Members can attend an unlimited number of classes per month. If you are not ready to become a member, you can still participate in any class by paying a $15 matt fee, which covers all classes for the day. Come and observe any class and talk with our students and instructors.


Monday and Wednesday 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 to 11 a.m.