Aikido, a martial way, for fun, fitness, and self-defense
Utsusemi Aikikai provides the Houston area 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.
"Cooperation is very important in Aikido training. Almost all practice is done with a partner, and the relationship between partners must be a manifestation of musubi. Both nage and uke bear this responsibility. While nage must train to blend with, rather than struggle against, attacks, uke must learn to attack in a way that is appropriate to the technique being studied and to provide the proper conditions for learning."
-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
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...read more
Our dojo members include school-age students, college students, graduate and medical students, and adults of all ages.read more
This is a video demonstrating various versions of the Aikido technique Iriminage in response to the Shomenuchi attack.read more
Houston Locations (Coming Soon!)
Houston Bay Location
(Serving the South Houston, Pasadena, Webster, League City, and surrounding areas)
Basic Adult Classes
(ages 13 and older)
Mondays and Thursdays 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Intermediate Adult Classes
(ages 15 and older - holding rank of 6th kyu or higher)
Mondays and Thursdays 7:30 p.m to 8:15 p.m.
Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Kid's Aikido Classes*
(ages 8 to 12)
Mondays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
No Throwing Adult Classes*
(no throwing allowed and falling/rolling optional)
Mondays and Thursdays 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.
*waiting listed classes starting soon!
Houston Bay classes are held at 400 Hobbs Road in League City, Texas.
Sudden cancellations are announced to members by email.
Planned closings can be found on the calendar below.