Welcome to Aikido Yoshokai of Minnesota!
Whether you are a new student, a current student or just looking to learn a little bit about Aikido, we are so happy you visited.
Aikido is a traditional Japanese form of Budo, a way of study that includes both physical and mental training. Aikido is often translated as “the way of harmony with nature or universal energy.” At Aikido Yoshokai of Minnesota, we teach physical techniques as well as philosophy related to Aikido that often relates to how we can create harmony in our daily relationships and communities.
We practice and teach Yoshokai Aikido, developed by Takashi Kushida-sensei. Kushida-sensei’s aikido was developed through decades of hard training and teaching experience. Yoshokai Aikido focuses on the underlying principle behind Aikido and the importance of relationship between the person doing the technique (shite) and the person receiving the technique (uke).
In our adult and youth classes, you will learn pins, controls, throws, and safe falling. You will practice techniques with other students in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. Most importantly, you will be practicing with teachers and students whose goal is to practice harmony with everyone.
COVID-19 update as of April 18, 2022
- All students and instructors who are eligible for a vaccine must be vaccinated in order to train with us, unless medically unable. Students will be asked to show their vaccination card.
- Any student who is feeling ill or has been in contact with those who are ill is asked to practice harmony by staying home.
- We will be training with masks until the risk level of the Twin Cities metro counties on the Covid Act Now website are at Yellow / Medium or better. Students are always welcome to train with a mask if they prefer.
- We are training with contact, but are happy to make accommodations for students who would prefer to train distanced. If you would like to do that, please let your instructor know.
Current students who would prefer to train at home can find links to our videos on our Aikido at Home page. Please email us if you need the password.