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Japanese Martial Art

About Aikido

Aikido is a traditional martial art for adults and children practiced cooperatively in a fun and safe environment. Students learn to blend with an attack and neutralize it without using brute force, making Aikido effective self-defense for anyone. Students improve concentration, awareness and self-confidence while getting fit and having fun!

Our Dojo

We are fortunate to have direct lineage to O-Sensei, the Founder of Aikido. Our instructors were senior students of the late Kanai Sensei, who learned directly from the Founder as an Uchi-deshi (live-in student), prior to coming to the U.S. Kanai Sensei was instrumental in establishing Aikido in the U.S. and was a leader of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF). Our Chief Instructor, David Halprin, studied with Kanai Sensei for 27 years.  He is 7th dan, and a certified Shihan (highest level instructor) of the USAF and Aikido World Headquarters in Japan. Our Assistant Chief Instructor is Barbara Britton, 6th dan, Shidoin, who studied with Kanai Sensei for 26 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the USAF.

Open seven days a week. 

Adult classes: (Click here for class schedule.)

  • Every week night starting at 6pm.
  • Mornings: Wednesday and Friday at 7am. 
  • Weekends: Saturday 11:30am; Sunday 1pm.


Upcoming Events:


July 12-13: David Halprin to "Shihan-fest" Seminar at Aikido Schools of New Jersey

July 27- August 2: USAF Summer Camp, Galloway, NJ

August 23: David Halprin to Portland (ME) Aikido

September 5, 6, 7: David Halprin to Raleigh Aikikai


Sept. 20, 2014

Jo Birdsong, 6th dan & David Halprin

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Youth Class

Now open to new students.

For information, please click here or contact us.

Youth Schedule

Tuesday & Thursday

4:30 - 5:30pm.


9:00 -10:00am.

10:15 -11:15am.


11:30am -12:30pm.


Intensive Training programs for adults and youth. For information, please contact the Chief Instructor.


Kanai Sensei
Kanai Sensei

David Halprin 6th Dan Shihan
Chief Instructor
David Halprin 7th Dan Shihan

Barbara Britton 6th Dan Shidoin
Barbara Britton 6th Dan Shidoin

David Farrell 6th Dan Shihan
David Farrell 7th Dan Shihan


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