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Michigans ONLY certified United States Aikido Federation Dojo!

About Us

Our Instructors

Our Chief Instructor is Sensei Sal LaCorte-6th Dan Shidoin is also owner and Chief Instructor of North Coast Aikikai in Mentor, Ohio. Our instructors, Sensei Bud, Sensei Jennifer and Sensei Steve are USAF Yudansha. 

About Akido

Aikido is the newest of the Japanese Martial Arts.  It is a form of self-defense that was founded by Morehei Ueshiba, O'Sensei (12/14/1883-4/26/1969), in the 1920's and was introduced to the USA in the 1960's by Yoshimitsu Yamada.  


The name "Aikido" can be broken down into 3 words: "Ai" meaning harmony, "ki" spirit or energy, and "do" the path or the way.  What makes Aikido different than other Martial Arts and self-defense arts it that, as O'Sensei has been quoted to say "Aikido has no end...there is just the beginning and further growth."


HOW DOES IT STAND OUT FROM OTHER MARTIAL ARTS?

Aikido is a non-competitive art that is learned through respectful practice with partners, helping each other learn as well as through individual practice.  It's techniques are powerful and have the capacity to cause pain and injury if used at full capacity.  The techniques neutralize an attack by taking the attacker off balance and redirecting his momentum and combining that with the use of various locks, throw and pins.


Anyone is capable of learning and practicing Aikido.  Perfecting the art is a lifetime endeavor.  However, learning to defend yourself with Aikido techniques takes only a short amount of time.

Our History

 Motor City Aikido is a non-profit organization that is a member of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) It was founded by Senseis Becker, Owczarek and Owczarek under the guidance of Sensei LaCorte, 6th Dan Shidoin, of North Coast Aikikai.  It was established to spread awareness of the Japanese Martial Art know as Aikido.  It's foundation rests firmly on the teachings of O'Sensei, Morehei Ueshiba, who founded Aikido. 


Sensei LaCorte studied Aikido under Shihan Vecchio and Shihan Yamada..

Sensei Becker and Senseis Jennifer and Steve Owczarek studied under Sensei Soriano of PAPA Aikido, USA, who studied under Sensei Johnny Tenegra of PAPA Aikido.

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Class Times

Tuesday

Advanced Class

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Event Details

Tuesday

Advanced Class

Class for green belts and higher, or by instructor invitation, where students can learn advanced techniques, get extra instruction for belt testing, etc.

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Tuesday

All Ranks

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Details

Tuesday

All Ranks

Regular class for all ranks and ages


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday

Weapons Class - Jo/Bokken

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Event Details

Thursday

Weapons Class - Jo/Bokken

This class is on the first and third Thursday of the month. Students must pass their 5th kyu test before being able to join this class.

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Thursday

All Ranks

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Details

Thursday

All Ranks

Regular class for all ranks and ages.

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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If you have questions, please send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Motor City Aikido

50625 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township, Michigan 48317, United States

(586) 799-3739

Hours

Tuesday: 6pm - 8:30pm 

   (Advanced class 6-6:45;Regular class 7-8:30)


Thursday: 7pm - 8:30pm 

   (Weapons class 1st and 3rd Thursday 6-6:45;

    Regular class 7-8:30)


We are located in 2SP Sports Performance attached to "The New Rink" and is behind the KFC.

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