San Tan Aikido Kokikai
Inspiring Peaceful Warriors™

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Aikido has its origins in the centuries old traditions of the Japanese martial arts. It is a form of budo, a way of life that seeks to shape and polish the self through a blend of physical training and mental discipline.  

However, Aikido differs from other martial arts in one key way.  It is an art of pure self-defense - there are no attacks in Aikido.  We view all challenge and conflict as an opportunity for deeper understanding, connections, and growth as we apply the powerful principles of Aikido to daily life.  Kokikai Aikido is an evolved style of Aikido that emphasizes “Minimum effort for maximum effect”. 

Our San Tan Aikido Kokikai dojo serves the Southeast Valley of Phoenix (Queen Creek, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Higley, San Tan Valley, and Apache Junction).   We are dedicated to developing a strong community of members who are sincere about cultivating the best in themselves, their training partners, and the community.  Our training style recognizes that everybody has unique gifts and learning styles to contribute.  Thus, we invite students to experience Aikido at their pace through whichever learning style(s) best facilitates their learning.  We believe that the best way to learn is to experience, and that the best way to progress is to teach.  So, all our students help each other.  As lifelong learners, Aikidoists are forever the eager student and the facilitative teacher.