Aikido is a study in harmony based on the martial arts of the Samurai and Japanese traditions. Aikido promotes cooperation instead of conflict, training the mind by practicing physical techniques. The skills we teach and study are directly applicable to daily life outside the dojo, as we work to create harmony in our relationships with our friends, family, coworkers, and society in general. Aikido is both a physical and mental challenge with immense benefits to both physical and mental health.
Aikido Yoshokai of Minnesota offers classes for youth and adults at the Kobukan Dojo, starting from age 7. We are a completely volunteer-run organization, from our instructors to our Board of Directors. All donations and monthly dues go toward operating expenses and our Youth Scholarships for youth students with a financial need who wish to study Aikido. Visit www.aikidomn.org for more information.
We are associated with the Aikido Yoshokai Associaton of North America (AYANA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The head of the Yoshokai style of Aikido, Sensei Kushida Akira, resides and teaches there at the Genyokan Dojo; his father, Sensei Kushida Takashi, was the founder of Yoshokai Aikido. All AYM/Kobukan instructors are certified by Sensei Akira and adhere to his rigorous standards. In addition, we arrange visits from Sensei Akira and other high-ranking instructors who teach special classes and clinics for in-depth study that is rare outside of the home dojo of such high level instructors. For more information about AYANA, visit www.aikidoyoshokai.org.