St. Louis Aikikai


Why Study Aikido?

Aikido training is a serious commitment, but with significant rewards; including improved health, confidence, cardiovascular and core muscle conditioning, as well as the skills to defend yourself instinctively.

For the newcomer, learning Aikido is usually different and fun. In addition to the aerobic buzz of a rigorous, health-promoting workout, there is always something new to learn, and each class offers a new discovery.

Because the focus is not on competing with others, but with mastering ourselves, progress is tangible, and you will take home a great sense of accomplishment from each session.

A Lifetime Art

Aikido training can be beneficial at any age. Unlike arts based on physical strength, practitioners can continue evolving endlessly, maintaining activity and energy levels of those decades younger than themselves.

Although theiques of Aikido constitute a highly effective form of self-defense, what is really being presented is a path for the development of mind, body and spirit.

While it may take only a few years to become sufficiently proficient to protect your own life, it can take a lifetime of study to reach the ideal of saving your attackers as well.

There is no limit to where you can take this art, how long you can practice it, or the difference it can make in your daily life. It is truly intended to be a Way of Life.


Aikido is a dynamic martial art which aims to achieve "centeredness", a process which offers development in the following areas:

  • Flexibility
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Self Confidence
  • Stress Reduction
  • Balance & Posture
  • Core Strengthening
  • Breathing & Relaxation
  • Coordination & Sensitivity
  • Mental Focus & Awareness
  • Self Defense Applications

If you are thinking of starting out in Aikido, please visit the dojo on a training night or contact one of our instructors for more information.

Those new to aikido are cordially invited to observe any of our scheduled classes. Instructors and students will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding training.

Please note that all skill levels are invited to participate in our "Open" classes, and we will always do our best to accomodate you.

Beginners are encouraged to study our Basics Curriculum (PDF).