Founded in 1963, Pasadena Aikikai is one of the longest running Aikido schools in the United States. The dojo is operated under the auspices of the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute (PJCI), and classes are held twice a week at the center.
Pasadena Aikikai is the sister Dojo of Maru Dojo in San Francisco.
- Sunday: 9am to 10:30am
- Wednesday: 7pm to 8:30pm
Note: Beginners classes are held during the Wednesday evening class on alternate weeks.
Pasadena Aikikai differs substantially from other martial arts schools in that we are a not-for-profit club and all of our highly qualified instructors volunteer their time. In our dojo therefore, the art of Aikido is practiced for its own sake, unencumbered by a business agenda, and our fees are very reasonable.
We invite new students to try our school at no cost for the first lesson. We ask only that you sign a release form before joining us on the mat.
Visitors are welcome to observe.
Note: Instructors give special attention to beginning students and generally assign a senior student to work individually with beginners to help them understand the basics of etiquette and proper Ukemi (falling techniques). There are no children’s classes at this time.
Students must be members of the PJCI and, before they can test for ranking, with the USAF (US Aikido Federation).
To try Aikido out to determine suitability, a one-month trial is being offered for $50.00. After the month trial, a quarterly fee of $130.00 will apply for new students. The United States Aikido Federation yearly fee of $35.00 and the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute fee of $25.00 will be required of new students only when testing for rank.
Continued membership is $150 every 3 months and annual fees of $35 for US Aikido Federation (USAF) membership and $25 for PJCI membership.