Our dojo has been in Owensboro since 1987.  See instructor's.

Please write or call to visit the dojo; we welcome students of every kind.

We have lots of opportunities to train. See our schedule.

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What is Aikido?

Aikido is a distinctive and sophisticated martial art which has become quite popular around the world.


Aikido: the way of harmony

Students learn to resolve conflict by blending or harmonizing, rather than by directly resisting and  thereby escalating the conflict.  Interesting and useful to student and instructor alike. 


DO: satisfaction all its own. 

If you engage in an activity as a discipline, it shapes you and you shape it.  The process in open-ended and can be lifelong.  The Japanese call such an activity a do. "Do" (sounds like "dough") is often translated as "way" and carries the meaning of a way or path through life.  A do is a practice that one engages in not just for the acquisition of identifiable skills, but as an expression of one's outlook on life.

People practice Aikido for a variety of reasons: fitness, self-defense, peace of mind, and to meet new people. Whatever your motivation, you are sure to find Aikido interesting.

AoO provides Owensboro and the surrounding area with an opportunity to experience the many facets of Aikido.

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The Roots of Aikido


Martial arts training. Extensive study of Daito-ryu jujutsu and a variety of other arts provided the basic forms (defensive tactics) which he shaped into Aikido training practices.  

Farming. All his life, Osensei loved to cultivate the land. It was his way of being close to nature and practicing his self-sufficiency. 

 Philosophy training. Osensei received a classical Japanese education, with much emphasis on ancient literature and religion. His study of Omoto Kyo (a variety of Shinto) probably led him to the world view that made his development of Aikido possible.


 Weapons training. Osensei studied a wide variety of arts, including staff, spear, and sword. Aikido probably owes much of its circularity and control of distance to kenjutsu (Japanese sword arts).


Ai (harmony, blending) Ki (life energy) Do (way) 



The Roots of Aikido


Osensei (Japanese for "great teacher") often lecured about the nature of the universe and how his art exemplified this understanding . . .

 . . . and he taught by example throughout his life.


And through those he taught, Aikido is passed around the world and into the future...

Earliest Students 

  Pre-war Students 


Family line of succesion: 

  Post-war Students 

  Latest Students 






 Noriaki Inoue 

 Bansen Tanaka 


 Morihiro Saito 

Akira Tohei 
(c. 1956) 






 Isamu Takeshita 

 Koichi Tohei 


 Hiroshi Tada 

Y. Yamada 






 Kenji Tomiki 

(c. 1939)


 S. Arikawa 

 Katsuaki Asai 
(c. 1958)






 Hisao Kamata 
(c. 1929)

 Minoru Hirai 
(c. 1940)


 Shoji Nishio 

 Kazuo Chiba 






 Ikkusai Iwata 

 Kisaburo Osawa 
(c. 1940)


 S. Yamaguchi 
(c. 1951)

Seiichi Sugano 






 K. Funahashi 

 K. Sunadomari 


 M. Hikitsuchi 
(c. 1951)

Mitsunari Kanai 






 M. Mochizuchi 

 Tadashi Abe 
(c. 1942)


 Masamichi Noro 
(c. 1951)

 M. Saotome 
(c. 1959)






 M. Hashimoto 
(c. 1931)



 Seiseki Abe 
(c. 1952)

 S. Maruyama 
(c. 1959)






 A. Murashige 
(c. 1931)



 N. Tamura 
(c. 1953)

 Terry Dobson 
(c. 1960)






 Rinjiro Shirata 



 Y. Kuroiwa 
(c. 1954)

 N. Ichihashi 
(c. 1960)






 T. Yukawa 
(c. 1931)




 S. Masuda 
(c. 1960)






 S. Yonekawa 
(c. 1931)



 André Nocquet 

M. Suganuma 
(c. 1962) 






 Gozo Shioda 




S. Imaizumi 
(c. 1962) 






 Z. Akazawa 
(c. 1933)




 K. Maruyama 
(c. 1962)






 Takuma Hisa 
(1935, Osaka)




Seishiro Endo 
(c. 1962) 










Kenji Shimizu 
(c. 1963) 

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