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Aikido is a Japanese art of self defense. It employs locks and throws to redirect an attacker rather than resisting with force. These principles allow Aikido practitioners to control larger, stronger opponents and defend against multiple attackers. Aikido movements are typically flowing and circular. They utilize motion and not strength to off balance and control an opponent. Aikido is unique because it provides an effective form of self defense that does not seek to injure others. This is why Aikido is often called the “Way of Peace”.

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Aikido of Richmond is a proud member of “Shinzui Kan Aikido.” On December 27th, 2011, Dr. H.T. Hamada, International Chairman of the Kai, bestowed the organization name of Shinzui Kan Aikido on our affiliated dojo in Jacksonville, Florida, which is led by Shihan Perry Lambert (Godan), who began his study at Aikido of Richmond. Our dojo and the Forsyth, GA dojo are also part of Shinzui Kan. Shinzui Kan means Hall of Quintessence. This name was given to help create a new chapter to the unending quest of reaching the quintessence of Aikido spirit.

Aikido of Richmond is committed to the study of traditional Aikido in a safe, fun and positive atmosphere. No previous experience is necessary and visitors are always welcome (however we do require practitioners to be at least 13 years of age and in appropriate physical condition for this type of training). Please come by and observe a class for yourself!

Aikido is taught on the following days:


  • Tuesday—7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday—8:30-10:00 a.m.