Chenango Aikido

Aikido Dojo in Norwich, NY




Aikido is a martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the early 20th century from japanese jujitsu, sword and staff traditions.



Aikido techniques and movements are based on the idea of harmony. The aikidoist uses spherical movements,  blending with the attack, moving in such a way as to neutralize the force of the attack and thus the attacker. Properly executed, some techniques are spectacular, sending the attacker flying through the air. Others are more subtle, small movements that can immobilize the aggressor. Aikido is not dependent on brute strength but positioning, timing and skill. Women and men of all ages enjoy practicing it. Aikido is a lot of fun to practice.

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William Doonan has been teaching Aikido for more than 20 years. He attained the rank of 5th dan through Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, an organization founded and led by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, a direct, live-in student of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. Having trained at the Bond Street Dojo for many years, Doonan counts as his most influential teachers — in addition to Saotome Shihan — Paul Kang, Chris Jordan and Ken Nisson.

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Chenango Aikido is located in Norwich, in central New York. We are affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and New York Aikido Society (aka Bond St. Dojo).

Before visiting our location, we recommend contacting the instructor to confirm that classes will be held. Classes are usually Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:00.

A membership fee of $40 ($20 for youth) is paid monthly. Members may participate in as many classes in a month as they wish. If you have difficulty paying the fees, talk to us. We want you to be able to train and we will work something out with you.

Visitors from other dojos are always welcome. Mat fee is $10.

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Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00.



Regional Training Events

Training events — seminars, workshops, camps — occur throughout the year. Students are encouraged to attend as many as they can and with as wide a variety of aikido instruction as they wish.