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Benefits of Aikido

Aikido is a self-defensive, non-competitive martial art. In terms of its martial application, one of the fundamental concepts in Aikido is to blend with an attack and redirect its energy to either throw or pin the attacker. Ideally, neither the attacker or the person being attacked is hurt. Our students find our instruction both nurturing and challenging. 

Aikido can help people deal with conflict in everyday life. Aikido can help a person learn sensitivity to other people and develop self confidence. We teach people to be safer, be more in control of themselves, their reactions, and their lives. Aikido helps people be more aware of what's happening and what's possible. We teach people to protect themselves but not to insist on a particular, preselected end point. 

Aikido offers health benefits to all people. The workout can be as aerobic as a person chooses. Aikido also helps improve a person's balance, flexibility and coordination. Plus, Aikido is fun, which is good for one's health!

Our School and Community

Founded in 2008, Capitol Hill Aikikai is located in the Capitol Hill district of Washington, D.C. Our dojo is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the teaching and development of Aikido and is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF). We hope you get a chance to read an excellent recent article about us in the Hill Rag by Paul Rivas: Aikido Brings Harmony to Life.

Practice Location and Times

We are located at the Parish of St. Monica & St. James, 222 8th Street, NE, Washington, D.C. We are easy to reach by bus or Metro. [Map] 

Class Schedule: 

  • Mondays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
    • You may attend one or both classes on Thursday. 
    • Weapons classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month during the 8:05 p.m. class.
Please note: it is recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the class start time. There is no class on holidays and days federal government offices are closed. The focus on Wednesdays is on fundamentals but all students and all people interested in trying a class are welcome to all classes.

How to Start

Practice is open to everyone; simply show up! No experience or special skills are needed. The instructors tailor each class to the levels of the people who attend. 

If you already have a martial arts uniform, bring it along. Otherwise, dress in comfortable loose-fitting workout clothes, such as a t-shirt and sweatpants. We have a changing area. 

Dues are $50 per month. We do not require a long term commitment or contract.

Have Questions?

If you are interested in learning more about aikido and our dojo, check out the rest of this site, call (202) 509-1632, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or simply stop by and join us!

- Michael Martin Sensei, 5th dan

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