Martial arts instruction in aikido for adults and children.
Seattle Aikikai is a not-for-profit dojo dedicated to being a supportive and challenging place for the study of the martial art of aikido. We are located on Nickerson, on the north edge of Queen Anne near the Fremont Bridge.
Our dojo is a member of the United States Aikido Federation, recognized by Aikido Hombu Dojo, the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo. We have been part of the Seattle community since 1997.
Seattle Aikikai offers a Two-Month Aikido Startup package. This includes up to four basics classes per week, Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00–8:00 PM, and Tuesday and Thursdays Noon–1:00 PM. Aikido Beginner Series are run on an on-going basis starting at the beginning of every month. Sign up Now.
The martial art of aikido was created in the middle of the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known as O-Sensei or Great Teacher.
Aikido means "the way of harmony with energy". In aikido training, we practice overcoming habitual reactions through repetition of martial forms. Aikido students condition their bodies to become supple, balanced, and powerful.
The practice of the martial art of aikido can have a profound effect on your physical presence in the world. With consistent training you will notice your body get stronger and your mind more focused. Aikido is not only a practical art for self-defense, but a means to integrate one's body, mind, and spirit.
Aikido is practiced by people of all ages. Many aikido students find it so rewarding they continue practicing for years or even decades.
Seattle Aikikai is a Washington State not-for-profit organization offering a full range of aikido classes for adults and children.
The dojo is a member of the United States Aikido Federation, the nation's largest aikido organization, and is recognized by Aikikai Hombu Dojo, the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Founded in 1997, our dojo was originally known as Puget Sound Aikikai, and was located in South Lake Union for ten years until we relocated to the Queen Anne neighborhood in 2007. Read our story at USAF news.
Primary instruction is given by chief instructor Malory Graham, 6th Dan Shidoin (Certified Instructor.) Malory started her aikido training in 1988 with Paul Sylvain Sensei and received her Rokudan rank (6th Dan) from Y. Yamada Shihan in 2014. She also has a close affiliation with instructors Yoko Okamoto Sensei and Chris Mulligan Sensei of Aikido Kyoto. She is a certified Shidoin instructor through The United States Aikido Federation.
"When you walk into a dojo you cross a threshold. You are walking into a space that is unique and special. It is not a gym and it is not a church, but something in between. You feel that you will find something in the dojo that was missing from your life--something that you have been looking for. My job as an instructor is to help facilitate that experience."
Through the practice of aikido, children acquire important life skills that can't be learned in books. In addition to physical fitness and coordination, students also learn the value of focus, teamwork, and discipline, not as abstract concepts but through their own experience. Our children's program is designed for kids 6-13 years old. Teens are welcome to join our adult classes.
There are three kids' classes per week: 5:00–5:45 PM Mondays and Thursdays, and 9:00–10:00 AM Saturdays.
Ongoing membership dues are $80 per month. For new students, we offer two month's dues together with a training uniform (a $50 value) for $120.
Please be sure come to the dojo with your child to observe a class and meet the instructors before he or she begins aikido. Feel free to contact us with questions.
Please join us for this special training opportunity with Chris Mulligan Sensei, 6th Dan from Aikido Kyoto. Mulligan Sensei brings his deep knowledge and skill in aikido weapons training, excellent teaching style and wicked sense of humor to Seattle Aikikai. Don't miss it!
Thursday Feb 23, 6-8pm
Friday Feb 24, 6-8pm
Sat. Feb 25, 10am-noon & 2-4pm
(Dan testing to follow)
Every month there is a special First Saturday Class from 10:00–11:00 AM. This class is taught by Malory Sensei, and sets the training theme for the coming month.
Seattle Aikikai regularly hosts guest instructors from around the country and around the world. Members of other dojos can keep informed by signing up for our Seminars and Events mailing list.
Up-to-date information on upcoming aikido and cultural events may be found on the dojo's Events Calendar.
For new or returning students, Seattle Aikikai offers a Two-Month Aikido Startup package. This includes up to four basics classes per week, Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00–8:00 PM, and Tuesday and Thursdays Noon–1:00 PM.
1. Watch a class and meet our instructor. People with no previous Aikido experience are encouraged to observe a basics class: Mon. and Wed., 7-8PM, Tues. and Thurs., noon-1PM If you have previous Aikido experience, please observe any class on our schedule.
2. Fill out a registration form at the dojo and complete your payment. The Aikido Startup package for new members is $180 ($120 for students), and includes up to four basics classes per week for two months, and a training uniform (a $70 value). You can pay in person at the dojo with cash, check or credit card. You can pay online with paypal or a credit card.
3. Pick up your uniform (gi) and introductory packet before attending your first class. We highly recommend washing your uniform before wearing as they run large and need to be pre-shrunk. You can pick these items up on the same day you observe class if you are ready to join then.
4. Start attending classes. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first class so that we can give you an orientation to the dojo. We will help you with your uniform and basic dojo etiquette. During your first class you will be given individual instruction to learn proper footwork and how to fall safely before you start learning aikido techniques. Our instructors and senior students are happy to help you get started and are always available to help you with any questions you may have.
Seattle Aikikai is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Consider making a donation to support our scholarship program. $60 covers 1 month dues for a child. $100 allows an adult to attend a seminar with a visiting instructor. $250 goes towards our building fund.
Regular adult membership dues are $110 per month, $80 for children and $60 for military/fire/police/college students.
There are two ways to sign up for ongoing membership for adults or children. You can authorize electronic transations for ongoing monthly membership dues by filling out the form at the dojo. Alternatively, you may use the link below to set up monthly payments by credit card or by Paypal; this option includes a $3 per month transaction fee.
Make sure to also sign up for the Dojo Members Mailing List so we can keep you informed of dojo events.
Seattle Aikikai is located at 101 Nickerson Street, just south of the shipping canal near the Fremont bridge. The dojo can be reached easily from the south Dexter Ave, Westlake Ave, or 15th Ave W, or from the north by Fremont Ave or the Ballard Bridge.
The dojo is on the south side of street at the intersection of Nickerson and Warren.
The dojo is set back from Nickerson, within the 101 Nickerson Business Park, and may not be immediately obvious from the street. The best landmark is the Tully's Coffee directly in front of the dojo.
For any questions relating to aikido at Seattle Aikikai, feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 284-2862.
Vistors are always welcome to observe an aikido class during any regularly scheduled class time.Ask a Question