"The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love."
- Morihei Ueshiba
Based on the martial ways of the Samurai, Aikido is both a martial system and a philosophy. The training includes sword, staff, and other weapons, as well as empty hand techniques. Aikido was born out of its founder's desire to overcome the worst and most violent aspects of our own human nature, and to use an attacker's strength to defeat him, while at the same time protecting him from serious injury. Aikido focuses on resolving conflict and prevailing in the most peaceful way possible.
Juneau Aiki Dojo is a non-affiliated martial arts school teaching Aikido in a traditional setting. Our Aikido is primarily the style taught by Morihiro Saito in Iwama Japan, the village where the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, lived and taught for the last 27 years of his life. Our Aikido is strongly influenced by the teaching of Bill Sosa, a pioneerng instructor of Aikido in Dallas, Texas. We have been influenced in our expression of principles by Don Angier, an outstanding teacher of traditional Aiki-jujutsu. We have also been influenced by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasilev, teachers of Systema, the Russian martial art.
Juneau Aiki Dojo provides a relaxed setting for serious training in a martial art that develops both the mind and body. We emphasize fundamentals. Beginners can start at any time, because we feel that all students can benefit from renewed training in the basics. We honor the traditions and forms of training handed down by our teachers.
Resumption of Training after COVID
Training in the dojo was on a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Juneau Aiki Dojo has resumed Aikido classes, but is still feeling the effects of the hiatus in terms of numbers of students and the need for schedule adjustments. We have resumed with a regular schedule, but may make schedule and class time adjustments as we we build back up. Contact Sensei Chris Keller via the phone number or email address on the Contact page, for questions on schedules and class times. Only Adult classes (18 and up) are being offered at this time.