Our Dojo

Aikido of Charlotte is the largest Aikido dojo in Charlotte, NC.  A North Carolina Non-Profit Educational organization founded over 30 years ago, we are the oldest, most experienced aikido dojo in the Charlotte area. Our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main Sensei, 6th DanShidoin has over 50 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).

Largest Aikido dojo in Charlotte

We have a 72 tatami (mat) dojo, 1,600 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.  Dojo Operations are run by our Dojo Cho, J. Weiner Sensei, 5th DanShidoin, please contact him for questions.

We are part of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), a not-for-profit organization (501-C3), providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members. The USAF not only oversees the practice of Aikido and its instruction as established by Hombu dojo, the international headquarters in Japan, but also develops and maintains rigorous technical standards, while advancing and promoting the practice of Aikido through various activities. The USAF registers Dan grades directly with Hombu headquarters, while standardizing all ranking requirements consistent with Hombu’s international regulations. The USAF also organizes, promotes and conducts Aikido demonstrations and international seminars, encourages activities of member dojos, and researches, studies and publishes information and materials pertaining to Aikido.

Our Enrollment Process


  • Contact J. Weiner Sensei to make an appointment.

  • Come to our Dojo and observe class and ask questions.

  • We want you to see our facility.

  • We want you to meet our students.

  • We want you to meet our instructors.

  • We want to learn what brings you in.

  • Go over the different membership plans and payment options.

  • Start your training.

Our Instructors


Sensei D. Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin

Main Sensei, Chief Instructor has been studying Aikido for the past 50 years and currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) as recognized by the United States Aikido Federation and the Aikikai World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan). Main Sensei is also a Shidoin (certified senior instructor) appointed by the USAF and Aikikai World Headquarters.  Main Sensei is the senior-most aikido teacher in the Charlotte area and is among a handful of the highest-ranking aikido teachers in the country.


Sensei J. Weiner, 5th Dan, Shidoin

Weiner SenseiSenior Instructor/Dojo Cho has been studying Aikido for the past 20 years and currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) as recognized by the United States Aikido Federation and the Aikikai World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan). Weiner Sensei is also a Shidoin (certified senior instructor) appointed by the USAF and Aikikai World Headquarters.  Weiner Sensei oversees the rank promotion and testing and has attended over 130 seminars learning from many Shihan (Master Teachers).


"Aikido of Charlotte has the 3 key elements that define a Superior Dojo - The most senior, certified instructors, an amazing facility with the largest mat around, and a supportive community (in every sense) of practitioners. I am very fortunate to have found Aikido of Charlotte."

-Jim Plunkett, Aikido Senior Student

"I learned SO MUCH in the community self-defense class I took at Aikido Charlotte. I was an absolute beginner but still learned so many useful techniques for how to get out of various situations. But the biggest takeaway was the mindset they taught.  I highly recommend it."

-Sara Miller, Self Defense Student

This dojo is a wonderful community that is friendly and supportive regardless of your level or background and the Sensei are knowledgeable and caring.  Members include men and women of all different ages, professions, and experiences, working cooperatively and learning from each other.

-Lynne Johnson, Aikido Student

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Open to Everyone

Our application process is an important part of ensuring the sincerity of our students and preserving the overall culture and future of our dojo.

We welcome new members and look forward to sharing our knowledge of aikido with them. We have a process for integrating new members, to help you better understand who we are and what aikido is all about.

Aikido of Charlotte prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission to, or treatment of students in its programs and activities.