16 Feb 2019: Traditional Aikido of Colorado Springs is CLOSED from 19-26 February 2019 for semi-annual training. Regular classes resume on Wed 27 February 2019. Please feel free to email with questions.


Have you always wanted to try a martial art, but don’t really know where to start?  Have you practiced other martial arts, and are interested in studying a traditional Japanese martial art?  Are you a former Aikido student,  and you’re looking for a local dojo?  Consider studying with us.  We focus solely on teaching and practicing Iwama Style Aikido.  We are affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation as a member dojo of the California Aikido Association (Division 1).   If you have any questions, please feel free to browse our FAQ, email/call us, or just drop by for a visit during one of our classes.  Visitors and observers are always welcome!

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that makes use of joint locks and throws/projections to take an attacker’s balance and redirect the energy of an attack.  Morihei Ueshiba, commonly referred to as “O Sensei” or “Great Teacher”, created Aikido in the early 20th century.

Aikido training employs cooperative methods, allowing a student of any age, gender, weight, or physical condition to train at a level that encourages personal progress while greatly reducing the chances of injury during practice.  Training progresses to a higher intensity with students eventually engaging in “freestyle” practice or “jiyu waza” against one or more attackers. Training is non-competitive, with an goal of cooperatively improving martial effectiveness.

Traditional Aikido of Colorado Springs

Traditional Aikido of Colorado Springs focuses solely on the study of Traditional, or Iwama-Ryu, Aikido.   Among many other benefits, Aikido  improves balance and agility.  Regular Aikido training also enhances the ability to manage stress, and develops both self-discipline and ethically motivated self-defense skills.   Iwama-Ryu training methods focus on the creation of a strong foundation through the use of a straightforward teaching approach. We teach Aikido as an effective martial art that is accessible to both men and women of all ages.  Additionally, Iwama-Ryu Aikido also incorporates a well-developed weapons curriculum employing both sword (Aiki-Ken) and staff (Aiki-Jo).

Starting Aikido…

Often the most difficult aspects of beginning any new pursuit, is actually finding the “starting line”.  If you are a beginner, please feel free to drop by our dojo, in person, to observe a class. Visit our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for answers to common questions about Aikido and our dojo.  New students, both beginners and experienced Aikidoka, are welcome to train with us for their first week, for free.  We also welcome questions via telephone (719-301-9048), email (, or Facebook Messenger.  Feel free to leave us a voicemail.  We respond promptly to emails and phone calls.