Aikido, a martial way, for fun, fitness, and self-defense
Utsusemi Aikikai provides the Santa Monica and Greater Los Angeles areas with instruction in traditional post-war Aikido. In Aikido one blends with an attacker’s force to unbalance, subdue, and control him or her. At our dojo martial awareness and self-defense are learned through a cooperative training process designed to prevent injuries and allow student to develop at their own pace. Aikido is a martial way, meaning the purpose of training is more than the accumulation of techniques, but is a way to better ourselves as human beings.
-Mitsugi Saotome Sensei, The Principles of Aikido (book)
“The old conception of Aikido which Saotome sensei views as tragic has to do with crushing, destroying an enemy… O-Sensei abandoned this conception of the art… Often when practicing Ikkyo, students will struggle against one another. Nage…will sometimes grab Uke’s arm, and Uke will sometimes brace and resist. According to Saotome sensei, such struggles reveal arrogance and ignorance. As the study of the old concept of Aikido reveals, once the Ikkyo movement has begun both the
participants enter a fluid martial arts situation whose outcome is undetermined. In this situation Uke may be completely open to elbow breaking strikes, punches, kicks and so on. Those who struggle or brace in Ikkyo have forgotten the arts original martial purpose.”
-Narration from Saotome Sensei’s The Principles of Aikido Video
This is a video demonstrating various versions of the Aikido technique Iriminage in response to the Shomenuchi attack. The Shomen attack represents an overhead attack with a weapon, such as a hammer or club, but by training empty hand it is possible to train at full...
This is a photo of the technique Katatedori Shihonage omote, which was taken at our former Aikido at UAB location in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Utsusemi Aikikai dojo met on January 2, 2017 to welcome in the new year. In an act of sacred purification, we rang the chime 108 times and performed 108 sword cuts. Kotoshi mo yoroshiku o-negai-shimasu!
Santa Monica Location
Basic Adult Classes
(ages 12 and older)
To be determined
Intermediate Adult Classes
(ages 15 and older – holding rank of 6th kyu or higher)
To be determined
Santa Monica Aikido classes will be held in downtown Santa Monica.
Sudden cancellations are announced to members by email.
Planned closings can be found on the calendar below.