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Practical Self Defense. Modern Disclipline Aikido!

Aikido of Charlotte is a North Carolina Non-Profit Educational organization founded over 25 years ago and is the oldest, most experienced aikido dojo in the Charlotte.

Our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main Sensei, 6th Dan, Shidoin, has 45 years of experience and is the most senior aikido teacher in the Charlotte surrounding area. We are dedicated to the teaching of traditional Aikido as handed down from the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei). We have an Air-conditioned Retail dojo with a 1,000 sq. ft sprung mat system just minutes from Uptown Charlotte and highly accessible from South Charlotte or the Lake Norman area. We have an “open mat” policy where you can come watch and/or participate in a class. We encourage fellow aikidoka from other dojos to come seek us out in their travels. We strive for a “friendly” atmosphere where we train seriously yet have a lot of fun at the same time. Our dojo is run by Dojo Cho, J. Weiner Sensei, 4th Dan, Fukushidoin, please contact him for questions.

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  1. Don’t overthink it.

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    Advice to students beginning in Aikido (Under 5 years experience) when having trouble with a technique, just practice it, over and over and over. You will get better. It will feel more natural. It will start to appear effortless. Remember no amount of talking about it, reading about it, watching...
  2. Q&A Series with our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin

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    Today, our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin joins us. Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Main Sensei: “I was a jeweler in Grove City, PA, a small college town. The chief of police informed my partner and I of some known dangerous burglars in the...

Aikido of Charlotte is the first school I have visited in a very long time that made me feel comfortable learning at my own pace – the instruction is excellent and there is also no feeling of needing to prove yourself or to be the new “tough guy” in the class.- Kristen Stone, Student
“I’d like to thank Aikido Charlotte for an enlightening and informative self defense class, that I attended. I loved the professionalism and practical knowledge I learned from the class. I feel much more confident from what I learned in a few hours. Sensei D. Main and Sensei J. Weiner were extremely informative and helpful in their instruction and gave great advice during the practice sessions. I’d highly recommend the course and am considering enrolling in the school as a result. Thanks again!”- Debbie B.

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5:15PM-6:15PM (Kids)

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6:30PM-7:15PM (*Open Mat)

5:30PM-6:30PM (*Open Mat)


*Open Mat requires permission from Chief Instructor or Dojo Cho.
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