Jason Sensei (on right) during his Uchideshi training at Nippon Kan Dojo -- Denver, CO
Our dojo is committed to the consistent teaching of Aikido techniques and concepts to students both on and off the mat. The school strives to provide a comfortable, relaxed, and positive learning environment where all students are trained to help each other and to focus on cooperation as a tool for successful learning.
Aikido is an effective and unique self-defense. Unlike some other styles of martial arts such as Taekwondo or Karate, Aikido does not attempt to stop or block an incoming attack with an opposing force. Instead, Aikidoists train to blend with the force and direction of an attacker and to then redirect the attack (and the aggressor) in a way that maintains control of the situation in favor of the defender.
In essence, a well trained practioner uses an attacker's aggressive energy to power their own defensive techniques. This concept of blending and redirecting is also applicable to much of life's confrontations and challenges. Aikido is known as the "Art of Peace." The self defense techniques in Aikido are designed to de-escalate violent confrontations without causing serious bodily harm.
Aikido Bismarck is a friendly, non-competitive, though vigorous martial art training environment. We seek to promote the advancement of students' proficiency, skill, and ability to train Aikido by using visual, kinesthetic and auditory explanations. Students may progress at their own rate according to their physical ability, personal goals and time. All who wish to train are welcome.
Evening classes are available for kids ages 8-15 and adults (16 and older). During the summer, we also offer additional daytime martial arts classes for teens and children.
We hold practice at 16th and East Broadway Ave., Bismarck, ND.