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Liz Dinowitz, Chief Instructor, demonstrating a throw

We are a non-profit organization and a member of the United States Aikido Federation under the direction of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei.
Our dojo is located at 152 Davis Street, behind the New England Fabrics building.


Begins February 4th 2014. Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7 PM 16 Classes $100.

The new beginner's session will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for 16 sessions. We will meet from 6 PM until 7 PM on those days. The fee for the series is $100. This is a great introduction to aikido! Although anyone can join at any time during the year and take classes, these beginner sessions are a particularly good time to start. Instruction will focus on the basic movements and core principles of aikido and will gradually progress through the basic techniques. Please call for more information or come ready for class on February 4th. You may purchase a gi (practice uniform) from the dojo — a limited supply is available — or bring your own loose-fitting clothing appropriate for exercise on the mat. Call (603) 357-2989.


In December 2009, Monadnock Aikikai celebrated its 25th year of continuous operation under the same leadership. The celebration was simple – class was held.

The dojo recently celebrated another major milestone. Elizabeth Dinowitz, who has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years, was awarded her 6th dan ranking from Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th dan, of the United States Aikido Federation which is under the auspices of the Aikikai Foundation, Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan.

Elizabeth Dinowitz, 6th dan and lead instructor, began teaching Aikido at Keene State College in 1984, along with her husband, Arnold Dinowitz. Back then, classes were held in the gym under the name of “Keene Aikido Club.”

Ms. Dinowitz and Mr. Dinowitz, who passed away in 1997, began their study of aikido under the instruction of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei at New York Aikikai in New York City in the early 80’s. “Liz and Arnie” moved to Surry, built their own home and set out to bring high quality Aikido instruction to the area. In 1986, they purchased the building that now houses the dojo, incorporated as the nonprofit Monadnock Aikikai and began the ongoing yearly process of making the dojo better and better. Currently, the dojo is simple and complete, with wall to wall tatami mats and the traditional kamiza shrine that decorates all Aikido dojos world wide.


One of Aikido's greatest training benefits is that it cultivates the ability to respond in a calm, relaxed and powerful manner under pressure. This deepened 'martial' ability is transferable to daily life.

Come in and take your first class for free. Try aikido — see what it's like, and see if it's right for you.

Go to our Events page and join our e-mail list to receive news, schedule changes, and notices for any upcoming beginners' classes. Also check out our Monadnock Aikikai Facebook page and keep connected by clicking the "Like" button.

Welcome to all our new regular students and thanks to all those who participated in the Beginner Session at Monadnock Aikikai during September and October! Please sign up on our email list to receive notices of upcoming events including future beginner sessions.

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