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Monadnock Aikiai was founded in 1984 by Arnold and Liz Dinowitz who began their practice at New York Aikikai in the mid-1970s under the instruction of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei.

We are a member of the United States Aikido Federation under the direction of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei.

We practice and teach the Japanese martial art of Aikido, founded by Morihei Ueshiba.

Aikido is unique among Japanese martial arts. As suggested by its name: ai – harmony, ki – spirit, do – the Way, it never resists or clashes but brings the opponent under complete control by blending with the oncoming force. The practice of Aikido develops balance, strength, flexibility and relaxed movement. As well as being an effective martial art, aikido is challenging, fun to practice and healthful exercise for mind and body. For the martial artist, student of yoga, dancer, and athlete or for anyone interested in dramatically expanding and changing the way they move, think, and react; Aikido offers a uniquely different and highly beneficial approach to exercise and practice. Aikido training places an emphasis on timing and "blending" … great size or strength is not required. Diligent practice over time is the key.

You may begin your study anytime. Just sign up and start training. Wear loose fitting gym clothes or a gi if you have one. Membership entitles you to attend all weekly classes. New students train with both beginning and advanced students during class. The essence of Aikido is cooperation and respect. This philosophy is expressed through Aikido’s unique use of throws and locks. Classes are not competitive. We bring each student along according to ability and level of conditioning. We make a special effort to give all students a strong foundation in the basics. If you were studying rock climbing, you’d want to be trained by an advanced climber. This same principle holds true for Aikido. Training with our advanced students and black belts is safer for you and you’ll learn what you need to know to train safely and enjoyably for years to come.

We also offer several beginner's courses each year. If the timing is right, you may choose to use a beginner’s course to start your training. If you start class "off-cycle" by attending regular classes, you can always attend a beginners’ course later on. Experienced students are encouraged to attend beginners’ classes to help new students and to refine their own understanding of Aikido fundamentals.

The standard fee for membership is $60 per month plus a onetime $25 registration fee. Membership entitles you to take any and all classes. Discounts are available for students, couples and families. To arrange a visit, to attend a free class or for more info, just give a call.

For Info: (603) 357-2989 * 152 Davis Street, Keene NH 03431 www.monadnockaikikai.com

Or contact Bill Whyte at billw@badgerbalm.com / (603) 313-3226

You can also get on our e-mail list to receive news and notices for beginners' classes.

We would be happy to arrange a demo for company groups of five or more.
For more info call (603) 313-3226.


Calligraphy Scroll with Image of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

“One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.”

Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido