Aikido is a martial art developed in the last century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) known as O Sensei (great teacher). He was a master of Sword, Staff, Spear and Ju-jitsu.

Aikido is written with three characters: Ai- to join, blend, and harmonize Ki- universal energy and Do- the way or path which translates as the way of harmonizing universal energy.

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.


"AIKIDO", by Saotome Sensei 

It is our goal to follow Ueshiba O Sensei’s Aikido teaching and to strive toward the realization of his vision under the guidance of Shihan Mitsugi Saotome.

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.

Membership fees of $40 ($20 for youth) are 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.