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.
Sensei Dick Stroud, Shihan, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 30 while on a two-week trip to Japan with his wife and friends. Having started aikido in Boston in the 1960's, Stroud Shihan remained a dedicated lifelong student of M. Kanai Shihan. He founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aikido Club in the mid-70s and trained and mentored thousands of aikidoka, many whom have gone on to become outstanding yudansha in their own right.
He was also widely known and admired in the arts world. A prodigious artist, his works can be found in museums and private collections around the world. Stroud Shihan was a distinguished educator of fine arts at many museums and schools of higher education as well as at lesser-known but special institutions such as the Charles River Creative Arts Camp in Dover MA. He was also one of the founders of the New School in Taos, NM.
A memorial training is tentatively scheduled or Saturday September 12 at the New England Aikikai.
For more information about the club, feel free to contact Mitchell L. Hansberry.