Welcome to the website of the Northwestern University Aikido Club. Founded in 1974 by the late Fumio Toyoda Shihan, the Northwestern Aikido Club (officially Zanshinkan dojo) is a club dedicated to practicing the martial art of aikido.

Aikido is a dynamic, powerful and graceful art founded early in the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba.Training emphasizes decisive techniques of defense (throws, joint-locks, strikes, and immobilizations) as well as traditional weapons training (long sword, staff, and knife). These are practiced within the framework of a philosophy that seeks to avoid harming others whenever possible. Though a relatively modern art, Aikido is a potent distillation of centuries of martial knowledge. Through its techniques and principles, it transmits the most noble teachings of Japan’s samurai tradition. Aikido is practiced by thousands worldwide, not only for fitness and self-defense, but as a vehicle for deep personal development. For more information on aikido, please visit the About page.

All Northwestern undergraduates, graduate students, staff members, and faculty are welcome to join the club. No experience is necessary and students may join during any time of the year. Interested in aikido? Come out a try a few classes for free. Just come to any class wearing free moving athletic clothing that covers your knees and we will get you started. You will be given basic instruction on falling and practicing safely during your first class.

The aikido club holds classes in the Blomquist Gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM. We set up the mats from 5:45 to 6:00, there is class from 6:00 to 8:00, followed by clean-up. Please feel free to stop by. Occasionally there are days when Blomquist is closed and we do not have class, so double check our Calendar before stopping by. For more information on the aikido club visit the About section.