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Why Train at Aikido Seattle?

Maybe you have practiced martial arts before – perhaps you have even done aikido. But maybe this is the first time you have thought about any martial art. So, the question is, why would you want to come train with us?

As we prepared to re-design our website, we sat down with our students and talked about the features that they thought made our dojo distinctive – and what had brought them to us in the first place.

Training at every age, for every body

Our students range in age from 16-66, a full three generations. This leads to a feeling that we are one big family, and our students mention how much they enjoy being part of an aikido family.

We also invite every body into our community. We welcome beginners as well as people who have previous martial arts experience. We believe that every body can learn how to become more flexible and to move more freely.

Having fun and learning how to focus

The most common experience our students talked about was how much fun they had when training. People feel a sense of connection to each other and experience a sense of camaraderie. They almost always have big smiles on their faces as soon as they come into the dojo.

At the same time, our students all talked about how much they have learned to focus since beginning their training at Aikido Seattle.

How we practice

One of the major features that distinguish one dojo from another is the style that is practiced. Some dojos emphasize the “martial” aspect of aikido, focusing on the self-defense aspect of aikido. Other dojos, such as Aikido Seattle, emphasize the “health and vitality” aspect of aikido, focusing on how doing aikido will increase one’s sense of well-being. While we try and keep our practice grounded in the real-life nature of attacks and self-defense, we also strive to increase our student’s flexibility, both physically and mentally.

Ukemi (the art of falling) is practiced with an emphasis on the connection (musubi) between the attacker (the uke) and the defender (the nage). Our approach encourages students to tumble (roll) in a manner that enhances energy flow and vitality.

Our Sister Dojo


The most perfect actions echo the patterns found in nature.
O'Sensei

Our sister dojo, Aikido Willapa Bay, is on the Long Beach Peninsula near the mouth of the Columbia River, nestled in 6 acres of dense woodland. The peninsula is a renowned wildlife sanctuary, and features the worlds longest stretch of sandy beach. The dojo participates in multiple retreats at Aikido Willapa Bay each year.

Changing Room Policy

We believe that everyone deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally.

In our dojo, we welcome transgender members and guests to use the changing room that corresponds with their gender identity.

The bathroom can be used by anyone who wants privacy when changing, and as a dojo community, people who need privacy in either changing room will be accommodated as much as possible.

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