Utsusemi Aikikai provides the League City, Clear Lake, and greater Houston Bay area with martial arts instruction in traditional post-war Aikido. Aikido, "the way of harmony," is a modern Japanese martial art with deep roots in Samurai tradition. In Aikido one blends with an attacker’s force as a means to unbalance, subdue, and control him or her. At Utsusemi Aikikai martial awareness and self-defense are learned through a cooperative training process, designed to prevent injuries and allow students to develop at thier own pace. Aikido is a martial way, meaning the purpose of training is more than the accumulation of techniques, but as a way to better ourselves as human beings.

Wade Wickus SenseiKen McGrew Sensei of Houston Bay Aikido throws uke in Ikyu.Ken McGrew Sensei throws uke in Kokyu Nage


We are not a commercialized martial arts school. We follow the traditional approach to training and etiquette as taught by the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei). Our dojo is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, an organization headed by Shihan Mitsugi Saotome, a personal student of O Sensei from 1955 until the founder's death in 1969. From 1960 until 1975, Saotome Shihan taught at the world headquarters in Tokyo, Japan before leaving his position as a senior instructor to relocate to the United States. Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is affiliated with the International Aikido Federation which is headed by Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder, in Japan.

Our dojo members include school-age students, college students, graduate and medical students, and adults of all ages from the Houston Bay area. Our experienced senior instructors are able to accomodate students with a range of physical abilities. Individualized for each student, training can range from meditative to highly aerobic. Aikido training burns calories, improves stamina, increases strength and dexterity, and teaches martial awareness and self-defense. We are a community that works together to maintain a safe, supportive, friendly, and fun environment.


"In Aikido, there is absolutely no attack. To attack means that the spirit has already lost. We adhere to the principle of absolute non-resistance, that is to say, we do not oppose the attacker. Thus, there is no opponent in Aikido. The victory in Aikido is masakatsu agatsu (correct victory, self-victory); since you win over everything in accordance with the mission of heaven, you possess absolute strength."

-O Sensei from an interview in 1957


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