Aikido is a contemporary martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba. The word “Aikido” can be translated as “the way of the harmonious spirit.” Aikidoka — practitioners of Aikido — train the mind, body, and spirit to resolve conflict through awareness, balance, and connection.
The Kyoseikan Dojo Aikido Program — Grand Rapids Aikikai — is committed to maintaining the highest standards of Aikido instruction and training in West Michigan. We are a member dojo of Birankai North America and therefore affiliated with Hombu Dojo, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.
We offer students a traditional Aikido training experience. Students train regularly in empty hand techniques, defense against armed attackers, multiple person attacks, and weapons training which include bokken, tanto, jo & modern-day weapons.
Kyoseikan Dojo was designed and is operated as a traditional martial arts establishment. Members adhere to the customs, values, and behavior associated with belonging to a professional training center. Our members do not pressure potential students or visitors into joining any of our programs. Anyone who has a sincere desire to train in one of our programs will join based on what they see, hear and feel when they visit our Dojo, not as a result of pressure, “deals”, tricks, or gimmicks.
Potential students are required to meet with the lead instructor of their program of interest before they will be allowed to begin training. This initial meeting serves many purposes. First, it gives the student and instructor the chance to get to know one another and discuss the student’s goals. Second, it provides the student with a chance to have questions about training answered by the instructor. Lastly, it allows students to see that martial arts instructors of any level are simply people who are there to help the student succeed.