News and Events

Aikido Seminar: Larry Levitt Shihan

posted Apr 18, 2017, 2:51 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated May 17, 2018, 1:51 AM ]

Capitol Hill Aikikai on May 20, 2017 hosted an Aikido Seminar with Larry Levitt Shihan 6th dan, USAF

Thanks to everyone who made it a success!

Vote for Us

posted Feb 5, 2017, 8:11 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 8:12 AM ]

Best of DC is back!  Vote for us for Best Martial Arts Classes of DC!  Capitol Hill Aikikai has been the Runner Up of the category for the last 3 years.  With your support, maybe we can do even better this time!  Please give us your precious vote!

2016 Seminars

posted Mar 5, 2016, 7:19 AM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 1:50 PM ]

Aikido seminar season is once again here!  Attending a seminar is a good way to check the status of your aikido; plus it is an opportunity to see something new and different from your regular practice. Too many seminars are being held to list them individually on this webpage.  Below are some of the major events for 2016 in chronological order:

For More Information
 April 1-April 3 Endo Shihan at Naka Ima Aikikai in Toronto
 April 1-April 2 Peter Bernath, Shihan and Penny Bernath, Shihan at Southern Maryland Aikido Center (USAF) in Waldorf, MD
 April 8-April 10
 Endo Shihan at Aikido Seattle (Space still available as of 3/5)
 May 28 Irv Faust, Shihan at Aikikai of Philadelphia (USAF)
 June 17-June 19   Endo Shihan at Kimusubi Aikido in Orlando, FL
 July 31-August 6
 USAF Summer Camp in Galloway, NJ

Note: We will continue to update this listing throughout the season.

New Home

posted Oct 31, 2015, 6:34 PM by Edward Borrego   [ updated Oct 31, 2015, 6:34 PM ]

Friends of Capitol Hill Aikikai,

As of Monday, November 2, our dojo has a new home -- Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church at 201 4th Street, SE in Washington, DC.

Our new home has several features that we think make it attractive. First, it is very accessible -- a short walk from both the Capitol South and Eastern Market Metro Stations, plus on several bus routes, including the Circulator bus line. Also, the practice room is both large and open, without overhead obstructions that make weapons training especially challenging for our taller students. Third, we are just a block away from several restaurants and bars for the post-practice social hour.

Of course, nothing is perfect, and in this case, the "price" of moving is changing our practice schedule. Starting in November, we will hold practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, with a few exceptions. Please check the Class Schedule and Dojo Calendar to confirm our schedule for any particular night.

We want to thank our old host, the Parish of St. Monica and St. James, for providing us a home for seven years. It doesn't seem like it has been that long, but we are happy that our experiment with starting an aikido dojo in downtown Washington DC has worked out so well.

As always, you are more than welcome to come visit us at our new home, and if you wish, train with us. We will be moving our mats on Monday night, and then holding a short practice before a post-practice celebration. Feel free to join us!

Meipo and Mike Martin
instructors at Capitol Hill Aikikai

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.

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