The time is now!
Make straight the bonds that link
Heaven, Fire, Water and Earth
Let me stand as your guide.

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Welcome to Aikido Shugenkai's web page. You can find out where we hold classes and our take on Aikido at this website. Have a look around and enjoy your stay. 

Shugenkai is a community which supports its members in the pursuit of a life-long study and practice in the fundamental truths of Aikido.  We use the analogy of the basic natural elements - earth, water, fire, and air -  as a framework to assist us in our continuous studying, learning, and training.

Shugenkai has some very strong views on the purpose of an Aikido dojo. Our non-profit constitution says we exist to further the development of the mind, body and spirit through the practice of Aikido. It does not say "and to make lots of money for someone". While this philosophy is probably found in many other dojo, it is not true of many schools (in various other martial arts) which seem to have the major purpose of extracting money from the students and giving it to the school's owners. This is not our way.

"You must realize this!
Aiki cannot be captured with the brush
Nor can it be expressed with the mouth
And so it is that one must proceed
to realization” – Ueshiba O-Sensei


How do our students interpret this?

Read more: January 2017

We trained generally in Tohei-sensei’s traditions, although I’d also spent a fair amount of time in various other dojos. And what I’d found was that almost all ways of practicing aikido were all the same if you really understood what was really happening, but that they appeared very different if you didn’t. So anybody who had reached some level of mastery within any variant of aikido would, in some sense, have a similar understanding. But for beginners, what they were seeing was very different, and it was quite clear that some ways of teaching were more likely to produce people who had a real understanding than others.

Read more: Why did you create the idea of the "elements" in Shugenkai practice?

Upcoming Events


November 15, 2018 7:00 pm

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Full Circle Yoga

Aikido practice, from beginner to advanced! Contact Full Circle Yoga to pre-register!


November 17, 2018 11:00 am

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Full Circle Yoga

Advanced topics Sometimes coffee afterwards as well. By invitation only.

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Workshops & Seminars

Summer School


August 01, 2019 12:00 am

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TBD - California

Summer School in 2019 will be in California! More details as we get closer!


August 01, 2020 12:00 am

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Japan TBD

This special event will be in celebration of Sensei practicing for 50 years and Aikido Shugenkai existing as its own school for 20 years. We are planning on going to Japan to visit some of the importa...

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