Aikido of Santa Cruz

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Aikido of Santa Cruz
306 Mission Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-8326
fax: (831) 423-6156
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Here is a list of numerous special events at Aikido of Santa Cruz in the next months.
We hope you will mark your calendars and participate when possible!
Please remember, there may be unavoidable changes in schedule, and double check before an event.

JOIN NOW! Beginning Classes at Aikido of Santa Cruz

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!

October - December 2019 Friday Weapons Classes

These classes will focus on the Jo (wooden staff), Jo-dori (disarming techniques), and related Taijutsu (without weapons). Taught by Linda Holiday and guest instructors. All levels welcome.

Fridays, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Flier available here

December 8 Women's Class and Pot Luck

Class taught by Linda Holiday Sensei.
2:00 - 4:00pm
Free to ASC students ($15 training fee for visitors).
After-class potluck, 5:00pm at Emily Honig's house.

Flier available here

December 14 All Ages Aikido Class, 3rd degree black belt exam, and Dojo Holiday Potluck

Join us on O-Sensei’s Birthday! This event is for the whole ASC dojo community – all ages and all levels encouraged.
10:30am - 12:00noon: Class and Exam
12:30pm Potluck – bring something good to eat!

December 23 - January 4 ASC Youth/Teen Classes Winter Break
December 24 Morning Class, 10:00 - 11:30am

No evening class this day.

December 25 No classes today
December 31 New Year’s Eve Misogi (Dojo Cleaning) and Last class of 2019

Join us in making the dojo sparkle for the new year followed by training, then hot spiced cider and snack potluck!
6:00pm: Misogi
7:00 - 8:30pm: Final class of 2019

January 1, 2020 New Year's Misogi Purification Practice on the Beach!

Join us in this ancient Japanese tradition, which we have been doing here in Santa Cruz, rain or shine, for over 40 years! Train in a class on the beach, then do the “Shin Kokyu” misogi practice in the edge of the surf – an exhilarating experience. Wear your gi (no hakama, shoes optional), bring a towel, a bokken if you have one, and positive energy to greet the New Year!

10:00am, Natural Bridges Beach
Potluck brunch at Aimen and Wendy’s house (next to the dojo) afterward, starting about 12:30 – everyone invited!

January 6 & 7 ASC Youth & Teen Classes resume

Welcome back from the winter break.

January 12 Special Training and Dan Exams

Details coming soon.

January 19 - 25
Sunday - Saturday
Kangeiko Winter Intensive!

An annual tradition, this is a one-week special practice for the whole dojo, and we welcome visitors from other dojos and other countries as well. Train as much as possible for 7 days! We will have multiple classses each day starting at 6:30am

Visitor training fee $95/week ($15/day). To inquire about options, including staying at ASC dojo, email us here:

Learn more here.
Flier available here

January 31 - February 2 Weekend Seminar at Aikido of Eugene, Oregon

Taught by Linda Holiday, Aikido of Santa Cruz Chief Instructor.

Flier available here

February 22 & 23 California Aikido Association Bi-Annual Friendship Seminar and Meeting

ASC is a member of CAA Division 2 (headed by Michael Friedl Sensei, 7th dan). All ASC students are invited to attend.
Saturday: Division 2 Training at Aikido West, Redwood City
10:00am - 12:00noon and 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Full Day $40; Half Day $25. For more information please email to:
Sunday: CAA Training and Meeting, Aikido of San Jose
10:00 am - noon class, then lunch and meeting.
For more information please email to:
Details available on the CAA Calendar or Aikido West Events Page.

March 7 Annual Women's Seminar

All Day, All Levels, All Dojos - co-taught by Linda Holiday, ASC chief instructor, with Penny Sablove, chief instructor Heart of San Francisco Aikido, and guest instructor. Attended by ASC women as well as women from dozens of dojos.
Lunch included.
Details coming soon. Pre-registration required at least a week before the event. Save the date!

April 17 - 19 Weekend Seminar at Aikido of Missoula, Montana

Co-taught by ASC chief instructor Linda Holiday and Aikido of Missoula chief instructor Raso Hultgren, 7th dan

July 8 - 12 2020 Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat

Save the dates for the annual 5-day summer intensive in Santa Cruz, with participants from many dojos, organizations, US states, and other countries: “building the World Family through Aikido”! Co-taught by Mary Heiny Sensei 7th dan and Linda Holiday Sensei, ASC chief instructor, with guest instructors TBA. More information available online soon, or at Join us!

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