News and Events

New Schedule

posted Aug 25, 2015, 4:32 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 4:32 PM ]

Friends of Capitol Hill Aikikai,

We are happy to announce that starting this September, Capitol Hill Aikikai will have classes three nights per week, every week. The new schedule will be:
  • Monday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm -- Regular class
  • Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm -- Basics class
  • Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Regular class
In addition, the dojo will continue to offer weapons classes; once a month on Wednesday and once a month of Thursday. 

For those of you looking for a way to begin aikido training, the Wednesday classes will focus on aikido fundamentals, such as proper stance, body movement, ukemi (forward and backward rolls) and the techniques required from 4th and 5th kyu tests, as well as how to hold and strike with a bokken and jo. Regular classes will be open to all, but may involve more advanced techniques and skills.

Our aikido club has grown over the last few years, but we always welcome more students.

-- Mike and Meipo Martin

Toronto Trip

posted May 29, 2015, 6:48 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated May 29, 2015, 6:48 PM ]

Our trip in April to see Endo Sensei in Toronto at the Naka Ima Aikido dojo was a success!  We are definitely looking forward to more international aikido trips in the future.

Capitol Hill Aikikai in Toronto

Hill Rag and Best of DC

posted Apr 15, 2015, 3:01 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 3:01 PM ]

April has been a busy news month!

First, congratulations to our dojo!  For the second year in a row we placed as a Runner Up in the Best of D.C. 2015 Reader's Poll for Best Martial Arts Classes!  Thank you everyone who voted for us!
Second, we hope you get a chance to read an excellent article about us in this month's Hill Rag: Aikido Brings Harmony to Life!

Thanks again to everyone who helps to make our dojo a success!

Women's Self Defense Workshop

posted Mar 4, 2015, 11:33 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 5:19 PM ]

Women's Self Defense Workshop - a community service project by the membership of Capitol Hill Aikikai

The link for registration is now active!  Please click on this link to Eventbrite to register.

Space is limited so you must register to attend.

Dates: 7 - 8 pm, April 9 and 16 (Thursday)
Venue: 222, 8th St NE, Washington, DC (Upper Parish Hall, Parish of St Monica & St James)

Based on concepts in Aikido and other martial arts, the course will entail awareness development and the practice of simple self defense techniques in pairs.
This course is free of charge, but a suggested donation of $10 will be collected for Calvary Women's Services, a local charity for women's welfare.

Calvary Women’s Services provides housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in DC to change their lives.

Also in partnership with the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

Vote for Us!

posted Feb 9, 2015, 3:15 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 3:15 PM ]

This year's Best of DC Readers' Poll is now open!  Please vote for Capitol Hill Aikikai for Best Martial Arts Classes!  Last year we were a runner up, so let's see how well we can do this year!

Vote for Us!


Dojo News

posted Feb 1, 2015, 5:01 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 5:01 PM ]

Lots of dojo news to share. Here they are in no particular order!

Mike is now a Shidoin!

Yesterday we received in the mail a shidoin (instructor) certificate for Mike from the USAF. This officially allows Mike to promote students to ikkyu (first kyu) on his own. It has been a significant year for Mike in the USAF, as he was also promoted to godan (5th degree black belt). 

Women's Self Defense Class in the Works

Amelia, Jolie, Meipo, Meredith, and Sam have begun making plans for a women's self defense class to be held at the Parish Hall sometime this spring. Details are still on the works, but the committee is quite active in making plans.

Special Practice Offer from Meipo

Meipo would like to offer to pair up as someone's partner for an entire class from time to time. If you are interested in a bit of more intensive training with Meipo, please let her know before class begins. If more than one person asks, she will pair with the person for whom it has been the longest time since such an intensive practice was held.

Wednesday Night Practice This Week

Finally, it is the first week of the month, so don't forget we have practice on Wednesday, starting at 7:30

That's it for now. Hope to see you soon on the mat!

Meipo and Mike

Barracks Row

posted Sep 22, 2014, 3:09 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 3:10 PM ]

Join us this coming Saturday (September 27) at the Barracks Row Street festival in Washington, DC. The festival runs from 10:00 to 5:00 pm and is located on 8th Street SE south of Pennsylvania Ave (near the Eastern Market Metro station). Same as last year, we will have a booth and do some Aikido demonstrations throughout the day.

Additionally, this year we'll be on the main stage at 10:45 AM!

If you have a chance, stop by and visit us.

USAF Summer Camp

posted Aug 16, 2014, 8:25 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 8:25 AM ]

Every year the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) runs a week long series of seminars called Summer Camp.  Since Capitol Hill Aikikai recently affiliated with the USAF, many of us decided to attend.  This year, in particular, was special as it was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York Aikikai led by Yamada Sensei, a direct student of O-Sensei and the President of the USAF.  Summer Camp was packed with aikido classes from morning to evening (even 6 AM classes for early birds!) and we all were able to get a lot of practice in, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones.  We'll be looking forward to next year!

Capitol Hill Aikikai at USAF Summer Camp
Capitol Hill Aikikai at the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) Summer Camp in New Jersey.

Capitol Hill Guide

posted May 22, 2014, 4:19 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated May 22, 2014, 4:19 AM ]

Did you get your copy of the 2014 Fagon Community Guide for Capitol Hill?  You may have noticed some photos of us from the 2013 Barracks Row Festival in the Health & Fitness section!

 Capitol Hill Aikikai at the Barracks Row 2013 Festival 
Handing out fliers at the Barracks Row 2013 Festival
Michael Martin Sensei giving a demonstration.Meipo Martin Sensei is obviously pleased with the result.
Photo Credits: Andrew Lightman, Posted with Permission


Best of DC

posted Apr 22, 2014, 3:12 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 3:12 PM ]

Congratulations Capitol Hill Aikikai! We were voted one of the Best Martial Arts Classes for 2014 in the Washington City Paper's Reader's Choice category! Thank you to everyone who voted for us, but most of all thank you to everyone who makes Capitol Hill Aikikai the dojo that it is!
Best of DC 2014 Readers' Choice Runner Up: Capitol Hill Aikikai

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