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The Guiding Principle of Aikido is Harmony

Aikido is a modern martial art founded in the last century by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. It is non-violent and strives to achieve harmony with nature, others, and oneself. The word Aikido consists of three Japanese words that can be translated as “path to spiritual harmony."

  • Ai - Harmony or Unity
  • Ki - Spirit Energy or Life Energy
  • Do - Path or Way

Rather than fighting, Aikido challenges us to meet the energy of an attack with relaxation and a sense of center. Using fluid, spiral movements, we turn around an attacker’s energy so that it defeats itself.

Aikido Offers Many Benefits

People who begin training in the martial art Aikido find many benefits:

  • Self-defense
  • Exercise
  • Art
  • Spirituality
  • Philosophy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healing
  • Meditation

Aikido is a discipline for mental, physical, and spiritual growth. At Heart of San Francisco Aikido, we train as a community of people who practice peace.

"Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter." ~ Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei

Shomen at the Heart of San Francisco Aikido Dojo

We are committed to training in an atmosphere of equality regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

2565 Third Street #309, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 643-8407
Chief Instructor:
Penny Sablove, Yondan (fourth-degree black belt)
General Classes:
Open to all skill levels (from several months to many years)
General Membership: $95 per month

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