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Aikikai of Philadelphia

a member of the United States Aikido Federation


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Aikikai of Philadelphia is the first Aikikai dojo established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1991 by the late Henry Smith Sensei, our dojo has been a leader in the Philadelphia martial arts community for more than two decades.

Our purpose is to develop and improve physical and mental health as well as gain a sense of cultural diversity through the practice of Aikido as established and founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (“O-Sensei”). The Aikikai of Philadelphia is a member dojo of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) under the direction of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei and is allied with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, the Aikikai Foundation Headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan.

We are open to anyone who wishes to practice and learn Aikido with diligence and friendliness.

Instructors

 

Roderick Johnson, 3rd Dan
Chief Instructor

Roderick Johnson started practicing Aikido under Henry Smith Sensei more than 15 years ago and holds the rank of Sandan, or 3rd degree black belt. He was one of the most loyal and talented practitioners under Henry Smith Sensei. He assumed the role of Chief Instructor in August 2013. In continuing the legacy of Smith Sensei, he seeks to foster an environment in which the essence of Aikido assists individuals in unlocking and releasing their life’s energy. Johnson Sensei is also a licensed social worker and therapist in the state of Pennsylvania and uses what he has learned from Aikido’s principles in his daily interactions with his clients to serve the Philadelphia community.

John Porter, 4th Dan

Kei Ogawa, 4th Dan

Brendan Ryan, 3rd Dan

Ed Shockley, 3rd Dan

John Holt, 3rd Dan

Carlton Harris, 2nd Dan

Class Schedule

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

AIKI WEAPONS
10:30am - 12:00pm
Shockley

CHILDREN'S CLASS
(ages 5 to 7)
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Johnson Sensei

AIKIDO BASICS
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Johnson Sensei

AIKIDO MIXED
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Johnson Sensei

AIKIDO BLACK BELT
first Monday of every month

AIKIDO BASICS
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Porter

AIKIDO BASICS
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Harris

AIKIDO MIXED
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Harris/Ryan

 

CHILDREN'S CLASS
(ages 8 to 12)
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Johnson Sensei

AIKIDO BASICS
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Johnson Sensei

OPEN MAT
6:00pm - 6:45pm

AIKIDO MIXED
6:45pm - 8:00pm
Ryan

CHILDREN'S CLASS
(ages 5 to 12)
9:30am - 10:30am
Holt

AIKIDO MIXED
10:30am - 12:00pm
Johnson Sensei

AIKIDO BASICS is a class for all levels of students. Students will practice basic movements and techniques.
AIKIDO MIXED is a class for all levels of students. Students will practice basic to advanced techniques.
AIKI WEAPONS is a class for all levels of students. Students will practice weapons techniques using the bokken, jo, and tanto.
CHILDREN'S CLASS is a class for all levels of children, ages 5 to 12. Please click here for more information.
OPEN MAT is a time for students to review techniques and practice more on their own. This is not an official class, but senior students will be available to help and advise.
AIKIDO BLACK BELT is a class for 3rd kyu and above.

Currently, Aikikai of Philadelphia does not offer weekday morning classes.