Aikido at Victory Dojo Seidokan Aikido Victory Dojo Seidokan Aikido 1 Photo

Our training follows the teaching's of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and Rod Kobayashi, the founder of Seidokan Aikido, in that strength is an unnecessary component of self-defense and that harmony with Ki is a more effective basis of a true art of self-defense.

Instructors:

  • Sal Hernandez — Yondan, 4th Degree;
  • Aurora Hernandez — Yondan, 4th Degree.
18411 Victory Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
818-772-4311
  • Reseda (2600 ft)
  • Tampa (1.2 ml)
  • Balboa (1.9 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.07
Aikido at Venice Aikido Club Venice Aikido Club 1 Photo

Everyone who practices with the Venice Aikido Club is required to be a member of the Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC). The VJCC allows us the space and time for classes. Membership in the VJCC also allows members access to the other organizations and classes given at the community center.

Each club member is expected to participate in VJCC activities such as helping on Bingo nights, twice yearly cleanups, the Aikido Club booth during the annual summer festival, VJCC newsletter stapling night, and other tasks as needed. These tasks are not time intensive, and reflect the club’s commitment to serving the community, as well as demonstrating courtesy and respect. Task gatherings are also an opportunity to enjoy some of the VJCC’s culture and activities.

Instructors:

  • Shibata-Sensei — Chief Instructor,7th dan, teaches the Monday night class;
  • David Kuramoto — 5th dan, teaches the Thursday night class;
  • Teruko Ishikawa — 4th dan, teaches the Saturday morning class.
12448 Braddock Drive
Los Angeles, CA
310-822-8885
  • Culver City (3.3 ml)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (3.8 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (4.5 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.07
Aikido at Aikido Center of Los Angeles Dojo Aikido Center of Los Angeles Dojo 1 Photo

Classes: Children, Open (All levels), Black Belt Prep, Fundamentals (All levels), Intermediate, Weapons.

Main instructors:

  • David Ito, 5th Dan — chief instructor;
  • James Doi, 6th Dan;
  • Ken Watanabe, 6th Dan;
  • Mark Ehrlich, 2nd Dan;
  • Maria Murakawa, 3rd Dan;
  • Paul Major, 2nd Dan.
1211 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA
323-225-1424
  • Chinatown (1100 ft)
  • Union Station (3200 ft)
  • El Monte Busway/Alameda (3900 ft)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.11.22
Aikido at Aikido Academy Los Angeles Aikido Academy Los Angeles 3 Photo 1 Video

Aikido Academy Los Angeles is the first dojo dedicated exclusively to practicing and promoting Aikido Kobayashi in the United States and is the headquarters of Aikido Kobayashi USA.

Assistant Instructors:

  • Marie Visisombat, attracted to Aikido Kobayashi by its elegant form, efficiency and ukemi (falling technique), joined Aikido Academy Los Angeles in 2014. Originally introduced to Aikido in Southern California, she trains continuously since 2007. Marie Darany is assisting and teaching on a regular basis kids and adults aikido classes. She is NiDan holder (2nd degree black belt) and CPR certified. She is fluent in English, French and Lao;

  • Zachary Nikolayev joined Aikido Academy Los Angeles in 2014. Originally introduced to Aikido in 2006, since than he's been actively involved in the study of Aikido, personal fitness and self-improvement.Zachary is assisting and teaching on a regular basis kids and adults aikido classes. He is NiDan holder (2nd degree black belt), CPR & first aid certified. He is fluent in English, Ukrainian and Russian.

4510 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
310-277-7077
  • Wilshire/Western (1.7 ml)
  • Expo/Crenshaw (1.8 ml)
  • Farmdale (1.8 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at City Aikido of Los Angeles City Aikido of Los Angeles 2 Photo

The dojo instructors continue to train under Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th dan — a direct disciple of Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido’s founder), and the United States Aikido Federation’s master instructors (Shihan).

The chief instructor is Kazuho Nishida — he is a certified Aikido instructor (Shidoin) through the USAF and Aikikai Foundation in Japan. He holds a 6th degree black belt and is a certified instructor in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, collectively studying both arts for the last 40 year.

621 South 21 Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
323-225-8129
  • LA County+USC Medical Center (3800 ft)
  • Chinatown (1.1 ml)
  • Union Station (1.1 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at Los Angeles Aiki Kai Los Angeles Aiki Kai 1 Photo

Assistant chief instructor — Jeffrey Annon, 5th Dan.

Assistant instructors:

  • Don Metcalf;
  • Octavio Rivas;
  • Jackson Jean;
  • Evan Townsley.
8929 Ellis Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
213-841-7844
  • Culver City (600 ft)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (1 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (2 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.08.06
Aikido and Iaido at Couprie Martial Arts Couprie Martial Arts 1 Photo 1 Video

Appoline Couprie Sensei — Sandan, Certified Instructor (fukishidoin). United States Aikido Federation — Western Region.

14559 Erwin Street
Los Angeles, CA
818-785-9123
  • Van Nuys (1500 ft)
  • Sepulveda (1.1 ml)
  • Woodman (1.3 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at AKI Los Angeles AKI Los Angeles 1 Photo 1 Video

You will:

  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of Aikido;
  • Travel with Suzuki Sensei to various semianrs. Accompanying Suzuki Sensei to seminars around the world will give you the opportunity to train with people of different affiliations and styles;
  • Accelerate your progress. Direct training with Suzuki Sensei and other top, international instructors will bring out your full potential;
  • Become a skilled instructor. As an Uchi Deshi, you will study under Suzuki Sensei as a “Teaching Apprentice”, learning various teaching techniques and honing your skills for teaching both youth classes and adult classes;
  • Master the intricacies and demands of Dojo Business Management. As an Uchi Deshi, you will get hands-on experience in all aspects of running a full-time, professional dojo. All Uchi Deshi will receive training in the day-to-day operations. Then, you’ll be asked to choose a “focus area”, such as Accounting & Bookkeeping, Web Design, Marketing, etc., for more in-depth training;
  • Attain official certification as an AKI USA Instructor. Official AKI USA teaching certification as Assistant Instructor (Fukushidoin) and Instructor (Shidoin) is available for those who have completed the Teacher Training Certification Program and meet the qualifications.
3929 Middleburry Street
Los Angeles, CA 90034
424-209-2083
  • Vermont/Beverly (1400 ft)
  • Vermont/Santa Monica (3600 ft)
  • Wilshire/Vermont (1.2 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at Tarzana Aikikai Tarzana Aikikai 1 Photo 1 Video

Programs:

  • Aikido for Adults;
  • Aikido for Children (ages 3 through 16);
  • Aikido for Teens;
  • Aikido for Women.

​AIkido And Art Day Camp:

  • Traditional Aikido training daily;
  • Tai Chi, Yoga;
  • Art, Origami, Science, Cooking;
  • Children's Literature-inspired projects and themes;
  • Field Trips to museums, pools, hiking trails, parks or other local attractions.
18580 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
818-705-0600
  • Reseda (4100 ft)
  • Tampa (1.2 ml)
  • Pierce College (2.3 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at Kakushi Toride Aikido Kakushi Toride Aikido 2 Photo

Beginners learn a condensed and simplified set of movements integral to aikido while studying the aspects of attack that create the "aiki resolution".

Intermediate and advanced students then learn and practice how to support and protect the attacker as his intention brings him to the ground.

Our advanced practice is always jiuwaza practice, that is, a technique is never prescribed. In the role of uke, our students cultivate the ability to initiate and maintain authentic attacking intention so as to create a more realistic response to nage's actions, and therefore a more realistic representation of the effectiveness of those actions in creating a transformative experience.

Style — Ki-based.

Instructors:

  • chief instructor: Corky Quakenbush, 2nd dan;
  • assistant instructors: Rene Galindo & Steven Bryson.
3647 Watseka Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-435-0344
  • Culver City (3200 ft)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (1.6 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (2.5 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.25
Aikido at Aikido Institute of America Aikido Institute of America 2 Photo

Classes:

  • Kids class (ages 5-12 years);
  • Open class (all ages and ranks);
  • Instructors class (by invitation only);
  • Advenced class (by invitation only);
  • Intermediate (5th Kyu & Up).

Instructors:

  • Mario Fonda-Bonardi — Co- Chief Instructor, Shichidan;
  • Andreas Hessing — Co- Chief Instructor, Shichidan;
  • Michiyo Kobayashi — Chief Children’s Instructor, Yondan;
  • Keith Larman — Dojo Cho, Yondan;
  • Doug Leonard — Instructor, Yondan;
  • George Ishii — Instructor, Sandan;
  • Stephen Spargur — Instructor, Sandan;
  • Cliff Kamida — Instructor, Sandan;
  • Steve Morris — Instructor, Nidan;
  • Michael Dwyer — Instructor, Shodan.
2615 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-351-0199
  • Highland Park (2.8 ml)
  • Southwest Museum (3.2 ml)
  • Heritage Square (3.9 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.24
Aikido at The Dojo The Dojo 3 Photo

At the Dojo, the style of Aikido offered is Hombu Aikido under the direction of Shihan, Shoji Nishio Sensei (8th dan Aikido, 7th dan laido, 6th dan Judo, & 5th dan Karate) in Japan and are part of NASA(Nishikaze Aikido Society of America).

On his final trip to the U.S., Nishio Sensei publicly announced Koji Yoshida to be his official representative to the United States. In 2004, Nishio Sensei published his first and only book entitled, Aikido: Yurusu Budo (“Budo of Acceptance”). In early 2005 he passed away leaving a rich legacy to the budo world.

Instructors:

  • Chikako Bryner Sensei, Chief instructor;
  • Ken Corre Sensei;
  • Dean Fortunato Sensei;
  • Derek Snyder Sensei;
  • Noble Sensei.
11554 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-445-0080
  • Culver City (3.9 ml)
  • La Cienega/Jefferson (4.8 ml)
  • Expo/La Brea (5.8 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.26
Aikido at North Valley Aikikai North Valley Aikikai 1 Photo 1 Video

Instructors:

  • Lee Lavi Ramirez, 5th Dan, Shidoin, is a certified Aikido Un En Kai instructor;
  • Naomi Okuyama, 4th Dan as well as other Yudansha (black belts) members of North Valley Aikikai.

Classes:

  • Beginner and Mixed Levels Aikido Classes — The practice is a partners practice, as each practitioner studies the techniques from two main facets: both applying the technique (Tori/Nage practice) and receiving the technique (Ukemi practice). Apprenticeship Program: Kenshusei Program;
  • Youth Aikido — Classes are dynamic and enjoyable, based on martial arts disciplines both physical and mental. Young people learn non-aggressive techniques, conflict resolution and selected Japanese traditions.
9029#100 Reseda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
818-652-5025
  • Nordhoff (3.5 ml)
  • Roscoe (3.6 ml)
  • Reseda (3.7 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.25
Aikido and Tai Sabaki at Aikido Cultural Institute Aikido Cultural Institute 1 Photo

Instructors:

  • Terri Teshiba — Shihan currently holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and was awarded the title of Shihan by T.K. Chiba Shihan in June 2009. She is Chief Instructor of the Aikido Cultural Institute, and has been teaching aikido for more than 25 years. She served as Chairperson of the Teachers' Council and the Examination Committee of Birankai North America from 2005 until 2009;
  • Sara Nielsen — Shidoin. Nielsen Sensei holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and has been certified as a teacher at the level of Shidoin. She has sat on the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. She is currently Assistant Chief Instructor at the Aikido Cultural Institute, and has been teaching aikido for more than 20 years;
  • Rhonda Hutley — Shidoin. Hutley Sensei holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and has been certified as a teacher at the level of Shidoin. She has sat on the Examination Committee of Birankai North America. She is currently an instructor at the Aikido Cultural Institute, and has been teaching aikido for more than 15 years.

They are taught seminars throughout the US, Latin America and Canada.

Classes:

  • Aikido;
  • Tai Sabaki (adults only).
5058 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-259-9870
  • Highland Park (2.3 ml)
  • Southwest Museum (2.8 ml)
  • Heritage Square (3.6 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.25
Aikido and Shinkendo at Honbu Dojo — World Headquarters Honbu Dojo — World Headquarters 1 Photo 2 Video

The Honbu Dojo — the World Headquarters for Shinkendo Japanese swordsmanship, Toyama Ryu, Aikido and Aikibujutsu. Our school teaches the traditional fighting arts of the samurai.

Honbu instructors typically have a minimum of 10 years of experience training at the Honbu Dojo:

  • Yukishiro Obata-nidai soke;
  • Michiyo Obata-soke hosa;
  • Michishiro Obata-soke hosa;
  • Yoko Obata-soke hosa;
  • James Huang-sensei;
  • Gabriel Koneta-sensei;
  • Nicholas Lauridsen-sensei;
  • Matthew Lynch-sensei;
  • Masaji Saito-sensei;
  • Michael C. Shu-sensei.

Private Instruction with Obata-kaiso is also available.

320 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90034
626-688-7540
  • Little Tokyo/Arts District (1100 ft)
  • Spring Street/1st Street (2000 ft)
  • El Monte Busway/Alameda (2400 ft)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2016.12.24
Aikido at White Tiger Martial Arts White Tiger Martial Arts 2 Photo

Training duration — 45 minutes.

5660 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-954-9862
  • Wilshire/Western (2 ml)
  • Hollywood/Highland (2.3 ml)
  • Wilshire/Normandie (2.4 ml)
Sport class for
  • boys
  • girls
  • young men
  • young women
  • men
  • women
2017.02.10