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.
|1 month (adults)||80|
|1 month (full-time adult students)||45|
|1 month (youths & kids)||35|
Assistant chief instructor — Jeffrey Annon, 5th Dan.
|Teens & Adults||19:00-21:00||19:00-21:00||9:00-11:00||9:00-11:00|
|1 month (adults)||125|
|1 month (students)||100|
|1 year (adults)||1250|
|1 year (students)||1000|
|Personal training (1 hour)||150|
Appoline Couprie Sensei — Sandan, Certified Instructor (fukishidoin). United States Aikido Federation — Western Region.
|Kids 7-10 years||16:30||16:15|
|Kids 3-6 years||16:30||16:15|
|Tweens & Teens||17:30||17:00||11:00|
AIkido And Art Day Camp:
|Kids: ages 5-up||17:00-18:00|
|Kids: ages 4-up||10:00-11:00|
|1 month (adults: unlimited)||100|
|1 month (family of 2: unlimited)||160|
|1 month (junior: 1 class per week)||60|
|1 month (kids: 2 classes per week)||100|
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.
|1 month (adults)||150|
|1 month (youth)||115|
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.
|Kids ages 5-8||16:45||16:45|
|Kids ages 9-12||17:30||17:30|
|1 month (adults)||125|
|1 month (children)||75|
|1 month (student/senior)||105|
They are taught seminars throughout the US, Latin America and Canada.
|Aikido: all levels||18:00||19:00||18:00||19:00||18:00||11:30|
|Tai Sabaki: beginners||18:00||18:00||17:00|
|1 month (adults)||105|
|1 month (adults: Tai Sabaki only)||80|
|1 month (children)||70|
|1 month (juniors & students with ID)||80|
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:
Private Instruction with Obata-kaiso is also available.
|1 month (Aikido & Shinkendo)||150|
|1 month (Aikido)||100|
|1 month (Shinkendo)||100|
Training duration — 45 minutes.
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.
|General Aikido Practice||10:00|
|1 month (adults)||60|
|1 month (children)||45|
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.
|Children and families||7:30|
Classes: Children, Open (All levels), Black Belt Prep, Fundamentals (All levels), Intermediate, Weapons.
|Black belt prep||11:30|
|1 month (Aikido+Iaido unlimited)||200|
|1 month (kids unlimited)||65|
|1 month (student unlimited)||75|
|1 month (unlimited)||120|
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.
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.
|Adults Open Mat||20:00-21:00|