Welcome to Charlotte Aikikai



Welcome to Charlotte Aikikai!  We are a martial arts school dedicated to the practice of a traditional Japanese martial art called Aikido.  Our practice focuses on,

  • Improving body toughness, flexibility and motor skills
  • Stress management through healthy exercise
  • Mental and physical discipline
  • Self-defense tactics and strategies

Visitors are always welcome to watch or participate.  If you are planning to participate, please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Please note:  In response to the COVID-19 situation, we are only practicing outdoors and meeting online.  If you would like to join us for an outdoor class or online meeting, please contact us at charlotteaikikai@yahoo.com and we’ll send you the details.

Our practice schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays at 7-8 PM (outdoors).  Saturday weapons class outdoors at 10-11:30 AM.

Moving:  As of October 4, 2021 we will be holding classes at our new location:  3124 Eastway Drive, #530, Charlotte, NC,  28205.  We will be sharing space with SipJin Taekwondo.  Please watch this space for more details and updates.

The Charlotte Aikikai is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people explore the art of Aikido.  Anyone over the age of 13 is welcome to join us regardless of race, gender, ethnic group, religion, or sexual orientation.

The Charlotte Aikikai is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, under the direction of Master Instructor Mitsugi Saotome.  We welcome all students of Aikido, regardless of style or previous affiliation.

Welcome and see you at class!