Aikido at the Center

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Aikido at the Center is a not-for-profit dojo founded in 1993 by Judith Robinson.  Robinson Sensei is a 6th degree black belt with over 25 years of experience.  We are an Iwama style dojo associated with the Takemusu Aikido Association. The TAA is an association of schools dedicated to following O' Sensei's Aikido as learned by his long time student Morihiro Saito Shihan.    

Judith Robinson sensei has been awarded the title of Shidoin.  A Shidoin is an officially certified instructor by Hombu Dojo World Headquarters and the Takemusu Aikido Association.  In fact Robinson Sensei was the first Shidoin to be awarded by the TAA!

AATC also has 4 Fukushidoin.  Claire, Ted, Kim, and Cezanne. The teachers at three of our affiliate dojos were also certified--Trisha, Bill, Lisa, and Aldo.  

Fukushidoin are certified assistant instructors. They all trained with Goto Sensei (7th dan) and got their certificates through the Takemusu Aikido Associate and are recognized by Aikido World Headquarters. We are very proud of them all!  

Student testimonials and thoughts on Aikido
Our students and friends were asked:
1) What were you looking for when you began training in Aikido?
2) What about Aikido keeps you training now?
Click here to read the answers!

The Yudansha speak!  Our yudansha answer questions from the beginner's.  Read for yourself what they have to say on everything from bowing in to senior students to jui waza.  Go to our 'ask the yudansha' article.

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"My motto for teaching is to have a happy practice that clearly demonstrates the day’s lesson, so that students can understand fully and take it back home with them."  Morihiro Saito Sensei

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Our lineage

is important
to us.  We trace our Aikido lineage from O'Sensei through the teachers you see on the right.

Train Hard, Train Happy

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Laughing in adult class
Our teaching style at Aikido at the Center is friendly and relaxed.  Since Aikido stresses harmony and non-violence, there are no competition tournaments or full contact sparring.  

Students mark their progress by passing formal tests in which they demonstrate Aikido techniques in front of the whole class.  To pass tests and receive rank, students must exhibit skill in technique, as well as calmness under pressure, seriousness and diligence, and an open attitude to learning.  
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Morihei Ueshiba
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Morihiro Saito Sensei
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Hans Goto Sensei
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Judith Robinson Sensei

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In accordance with O Sensei's directives, Aikido at the Center does not discriminate on the counts of agedness, race, sex, creed, national original, political beliefs, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Aikido at the Center is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

Aikido at the Center

3045 North Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705-5924