The MIT Aikido club, started in 1978, is a member dojo of the U.S. Aikido Federation and is affiliated with the New England Aikikai located in Porter Square. We have three instructors that teach on various days of the week. Our head instructor, Dick Stroud, is a 6th Degree Black Belt and a "shihan" (high-level instructor).
Aikido is a Martial art that emphasizes blending with the attacker, rather than confronting the attacker with hard techniques such as punches and kicks.
Beginners are always welcome to come by and observe a practice or join us on the mat. No previous experience is required; all that we ask for is a sincere desire to learn since it does require the club's effort to train a person. See our class schedule for information on when and where we practice. Also feel free to take a look at our introductory information on etiquette, what Aikido is about, its history, and principles of training.
For more information about the club, feel free to contact Mitchell L. Hansberry.