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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, 4th Dan
Chief Instructor

Roderick Johnson started practicing Aikido under Henry Smith Sensei more than 15 years ago and holds the rank of Yondan, or 4th 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, 5th Dan

Ed Shockley, 4th Dan

John Holt, 4th Dan

Carlton Harris, 3rd Dan

Class Schedule

as of May 2020

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
           

CHILDREN'S CLASS
(ages 4 - 7)
9:30am - 10:15am
Holt

           

CHILDREN'S CLASS
(ages 8 - 12)
10:15am - 11am
Holt

           

AIKIDO MIXED
11am - 12pm
Johnson Sensei

 

           

AIKIDO MIXED
12pm - 1pm
Johnson Sensei

 

AIKIDO BASICS
6pm - 7pm
Johnson Sensei

   

AIKIDO BASICS
6pm - 7pm
Porter

   
 

AIKIDO BASICS
7pm - 8pm
Johnson Sensei

   

AIKIDO BASICS
7pm - 8pm
Porter

   

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 on their own. This is not an official class, but senior students will be available to help and advise.
AIKIDO BLACK BELT is an advanced class for 3rd kyu and above.

Currently, Aikikai of Philadelphia does not offer weekday morning classes. Any schedule changes will be announced via our dojo mailing list.