COVID-19 update as of August 26, 2020

In order to train together responsibly, we are holding outdoor classes and following COVID-19 protocols for safe and distanced Aikido training as well as offering weekly classes via Zoom. New students are welcome to join us to study Aikido basic movements, weapons techniques, and distanced hand techniques. We have two new Introductory sessions beginning Saturday, September 12th and again October 10th. Classes are Saturdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (students are asked to come at 11:00 to get set up). Learn more and sign up!

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 Introductory sessions) 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.

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, 7:15 – 8:00 pm via Zoom
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm outside at the Waterbury building
Pay dues

Temporarily suspended: 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
Pay dues

Temporarily suspended: 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
Pay dues

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, 10:00 – 10:45 am via Zoom
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 5:45 pm via Zoom
$40 / month
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Pay dues and register online.

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