The indoor dojo is open! We currently require proof of vaccination (see policy).

Jo & Bokken in the Park

Arboretum clearing

While we look forward to resuming contact practice in the dojo in a vaccinated world, Aikido Seattle is offering weekly outdoor Aiki weapons practice.

Students practice aikido principals through individual and paired weapons exercises – using a bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden short staff). Classes include basic techniques and movement with a weapon, solo kata (forms), and you may optionally practice paired kata with another partner. Classes often explore the relationship between weapons work and empty-hand aikido techniques and movements.

COVID-19 safety protocol

We have structured our protocol in accordance with the Washington State Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements. Given that this practice falls under an outdoor "Martial Arts without contact", our protocol well exceeds Washington State requirements.

  1. For any paired practice or practice within 6 feet of others, students must wear masks.
  2. Students must not share weapons or touch the weapons of others. For this reason, you will need to bring your own weapon.
  3. Students should sanitize their weapons before and after practice.


Washington Arboretum, at this semi-sheltered location during wet weather, or this open location during dry weather.


Bokken Tuesday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jo Saturday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

What to bring to practice

You will need wooden practice weapons. For a jo, a 1 inch diameter, 4 foot sanded and stained dowel will do. Unfortunately, we do not have any to share.

Please wear loose-fitting clothes and bring some shoes you can wear in the grass. You do not need to wear the typical uniform (gi).

How to get started

We encourage you to come and try a class for free before joining the dojo. Please sign up and sign the waiver. And please let us know if you have questions.