Aikido of Santa Cruz
Welcome to Aikido! "The Art of Peace" - a dynamic martial art practice based on harmony. Enjoy non-competitive training in a supportive community. Ongoing Aikido classes for adults, teenagers, and children (ages 6-9 and 9-12). Start now!
Aikido of Santa Cruz is a non-profit, public benefit, educational organization, serving the community since 1982. We welcome sincere students of any race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic background. Our Chief Instructor is Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th degree black belt and author of Journey to the Heart of Aikido.
The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei (1883-1969) envisioned Aikido as a multifaceted training of body, mind, and spirit in the principles of harmony, natural movement, and "the spirit of love and protection for all." As Aikido emphasizes inner strength rather than physical strength, it is accessible to all ages and body types. Women and men train together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. Aikido practice is empowering, fun, and inspiring for everyone - ages 6 & up. Visitors are always welcome to watch classes. Join the Beginners Classes at any time!
"In any endeavor, it is essential to activate your inner spirit. The world is undergoing drastic change. In order to meet those challenges, I practice Aikido." - Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, founder of Aikido
Please see our Events page for announcements about workshops and events at Aikido of Santa Cruz.
Save the Dates!
July 8 - 12, 2015
Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat
Motomichi Anno Sensei, 8th dan
Mary Heiny Sensei, 6th dan
Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th dan
Registration open soon!
Join our Beginners Classes Anytime!
New Open Enrollment!
Join any Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday
Tuesday and Thursday evenings- 5:45-7:00pm
Saturday mornings- 9:00-10:15am
$75 for 4 weeks (12 days) of Beginners Classes
Or: $150 for the Deluxe Intro Package: in addition to 4 weeks of Beginners Classes, you will recieve a free training uniform, a copy of the acclaimed book Journey to the Heart of Aikido, by ASC chief instructor Linda Holiday, plus 4 weeks additional unlimited training after the Beginners Classes, with students of all levels!
IN THE SPIRIT OF JOY - DVD
– In the Spirit of Joy - Aikido Demonstrations at the 2013 Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat - Celebrating 20 Years! Mary Heiny, 6th dan, Seattle, Washington Linda Holiday, 6th dan, Aikido of Santa Cruz Jack Wada, 6th dan, Aikido of San Jose Danielle Smith, 6th dan, Aikido of Monterey Kimberly Richardson, 6th dan, Two Cranes Aikido Jürg Steiner, 6th dan, AIKIDO Centre Kumano Kayla Feder, 6th dan, Aikido of Berkeley Michael Friedl, 6th dan, Aikido of Ashland Denise Barry, 5th dan, Kuma Kai Aikido. Available for $16 on Amazon, and/or at the dojo!
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