Cleveland Aikikai History


Our History

The Cleveland Aikikai is a not for profit Ohio corporation and was founded in 1978 by members of the Oberlin College Aikido Club. During the first few years, it occupied space on Euclid Avenue near University Circle at an early site of the Cleveland Food Co-Op. Then Cleveland Aikikai relocated to a Junior High School in Cleveland Heights. For the next ten years, Cleveland Aikikai continued to grow in a space in the Cedar-Lee area of Cleveland Heights. The dojo moved to Mayfield Rd. in 1993. August 2012 led Cleveland Aikikai to our present location in Asian Town Center at E. 38th & Superior in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

Since its inception, the Cleveland Aikikai has been associated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, an international organization of schools under the direction of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is also associated with the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

The Cleveland Aikikai is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, ethnic group, religion, age or sexual orientation.