Chenango Aikido
Chenango Aikido
Aikido Dojo in Norwich, NY

Aikido Dojo in Norwich, NY



Tuesday 5:30 to 7:00

Thursday 5:30 to 7:00



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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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. 

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.




The instructor is William Doonan, 5th dan, who trained with Paul Kang, Chris Jordan, and Ken Nisson Senseis at the Bond Street Dojo, who trained with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, who was an ushi-deshi (live-in student) of Morihei Ueshiba, O-Sensei. Doonan Sensei trained and taught at Bond Street Dojo for more than 20 years before moving to this area of upstate New York.


Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU)

This dojo is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) was founded as the membership organization that affiliates all of the Aikido dojos under the instruction of Saotome Shihan and his students. The name of the organization reflects a commitment to the vision of O Sensei and not the cultivation of a style or territory. Since its establishment, there have been over 1,000 black belts awarded to ranked members of ASU. ASU is affiliated with Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

There is an annual fee of $45 for each dojo member to maintain affiliation with ASU. 

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.


The dojo is located in the Chenango Council of Arts Building on the 3rd floor, accessed through the door on Maple Street.


Chenango Aikido

27 West Main Street
Norwich, New York 13815


607 627 6636


Before visiting our location, we recommend contacting the instructor to confirm that classes will be held. Unless you have previous training in Aikido, you must observe a class before participating. You must sign a waiver of liability before beginning to train.