Practical Self Defense. Modern Disclipline Aikido!
Aikido of Charlotte is a North Carolina Non-Profit Educational organization founded over 23 years ago and is the oldest, most experienced aikido dojo in the Charlotte.
Our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main Sensei, 5th Dan, Shidoin, has 43 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, 3rd Dan, Fukushidoin, please contact him for questions.
In order to honor the time and effort my teachers have spent with me over the years, I decided to test for my black belt in Spring, 2013. I had a tremendous amount of help in preparing- not just from the senseis, but also from my fellow students. By the...
As an Aikido student first, and a teacher. One holds high responsibility in the testing and advancement of others. Dojo testing typically consists of Kyu Rank promotions and is done by either the instructor with a Shidoin (Certified Senior Instructor) certificate and/or Fukushidoin (Certified Instructor) certificate. At Aikido of Charlotte,...
When you progress through a martial art over time, there are many cycles to embrace. For one, it’s highly likely that you will add roles, such as from student to student/teacher. For some, it happens early, and others too soon. I found in my learning that Aikido is very much...
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