COVID-19 update as of March 16, 2020

In order to do our part in the COVID-19 response, Aikido Yoshokia of Minnesota will be suspending all training classes at the Kobukan dojo effective immediately.

We know that remaining physically and mentally healthy is important during these difficult times. To help our students and families do so, our instructors will be constructing lesson plans that will be video recorded and sent to our students so they can practice in their homes. We are also developing ways to share our experiences of home training with one another to help motivate and support one another.

Aikido students practicing a hand technique


Our Aikido classes are conducted in a friendly, supportive, non-competitive atmosphere reflecting Japanese culture and samurai tradition.   Classes include weapons training, partner techniques, and learning safe rolls and breakfalls.

Our instructors are certified annually by AYANA and the Head Instructor, Akira Kushida-sensei.  Most have graduated from a 20-month instructor training course. We are fortunate to have several instructors who each bring their own individual styles to their Aikido instruction, while maintaining the integrity of Yoshokai Aikido techniques.

We begin our classes with a series of warm-up exercises and basic movements that are the foundation of the Aikido techniques to be taught. The teacher then demonstrates techniques that the students practice with partners or in small groups.

Dues for classes are monthly (the exception is our 2-month Introductory class) and based on the level and number of classes taken per week.

Schedule and Class Descriptions

You are welcome to stop by and watch a class at any time.

New Class! Introduction to Aikido: 2-month session

This Introductory course is intended for beginners who would like to learn more about Aikido.  Classes will introduce students to the philosophy of Aikido as well as movements, safe falls, partner techniques, and weapons techniques.  No special equipment or uniforms required. Read more about starting Aikido and the introductory class.  For students 15 years and older.

Introduction to Aikido
Saturdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
November 2 – December 28
$95 for 2 months
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Beginner/Mid-level Class

For students age 15  and older. Come learn the basics of Aikido or continue your study of Aikido.  Classes are geared towards beginners through 5th kyu students.  Read more about starting Aikido and the beginner class. 

Beginner / Mid-level classes:
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
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Kyu Test Technique Class (Beginner / Mid-level / Advanced)

A time for students age 15 and older to work on kyu test techniques at all levels.

Kyu Test Technique class:
Fridays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
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Advanced Class

Advanced classes offer students a chance to learn Aikido at a deeper level.  This class is geared towards students at 5th kyu level and above.  Instructor permission required.

Advanced classes:
Tuesdays, 8:10 – 9:00 pm
Thursdays, 8:10 – 9:00 pm
Saturdays, 1:40 – 2:30 pm
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Youth Classes

For students age 7 – 14 years old.   Youth classes cover the same basic movements, rolls, and many of the same hand and weapon techniques as in the adult classes, but at a level appropriate for younger students. As with the adult classes, youth students learn to practice harmony and cooperation through Aikido techniques.  Learn more about Youth Aikido Classes. 

Youth class:
Saturdays, 11:00 – 11:45 am
$40 / month
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