Aikido of Santa Cruz

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Aikido of Santa Cruz
306 Mission Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
fax: (831) 423-6156
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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 8-12 ). 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, 7th 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.

Aikido Book: Journey to the heart of Aikido

Aikido of Santa Cruz celebrates the release of Journey to the Heart of Aikido!


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Eastside Santa Cruz Life recently wrote a great article about Linda Holiday Sensei and her Aikido journey. Click here to read more.

Aikido of Santa Cruz
is offering online classes

for Adults, Teens, and Children (8-12),
during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sign up now for Kangeiko Winter Training Week, January 24-30
with teachers and participants from around the world. Energize your Aikido practice and join the Kangeiko community!


Aikido for Children and Teens
Ages 8 - 12 and 13 - 18
Start anytime!

Click here for information.

Aikido of Santa Cruz is an Approved Vendor
for Ocean Grove School.


Temporarily unavailable during COVIV-19 pandemic

Join our Beginners Classes Anytime!

Beginning Aikido Class

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!

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