Pick a Day & Plan a Visit
We Moved!Our dojo moved recently to the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church located at 201 4th Street SE (the corner of 4th and Independence Ave, SE). Class times will generally be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Please check the Class Schedule and Dojo Calendar page for exact class dates and times.
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 article about us in the Hill Rag by Paul Rivas: Aikido Brings Harmony to Life.
Practice Location and Times
Starting November 2, we are located at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church located at 201 4th Street SE (the corner of 4th and Independence Ave, SE).
Please check the Class Schedule and Dojo Calendar page for exact class dates and times.
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
You may be hesitant to come to class if you have not done Aikido or anything similar before. Don't worry! Total beginners are welcome to all classes; simply show up! No experience or special skills are needed. The instructors tailor each class to the levels of the people who attend.
Dress in comfortable loose-fitting workout clothes, such as a t-shirt and sweatpants. We have a changing area. (If you already have a martial arts uniform, that would be ideal.)
First classes are free. If you join, dues are $50 per month. We do not require a long term commitment or contract.
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
Pick a Day & Plan a Visit