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Aikido is a Japanese martial art with techniques based on unarmed Samurai combat.

Aikido training offers the opportunity to learn how to control ourselves, so that we are able to respond to any situation gently and with confidence both in and out of the dojo.

  • Feel more at peace in daily life
  • Develop calmness and relaxation
  • Learn non-aggressive self-defense
  • Age, size and gender make no difference
  • Friendly and supportive environment
  • Certified Black Belt Instruction
  • No contracts

Aikido is not a striking or kicking art. It teaches how to get out of the way of an attack and keep yourself safe. Learn techniques that take your attacker's balance, use their negative energy to your positive advantage and disarm them without harming them.

Training includes stretching, breathing and centering practice, mind-body coordination exercises and martial arts tumbling and rolling practice.

Alan Sensei demonstrates ikkyo technique. The Four Principles of Koikai Aikido Rick Sensei practices "kokyu dosa" with Alan Sensei when he was still a brown belt.


Head Instructor: Alan Tamayo, Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

Alan Sensei (teacher) is a certified instructor of the Aikido Kokikai Federation USA (AKF USA) and has been practicing aikido for over 14 years. Previously, he was an instructor at Aikido Kokikai of Rochester dojo in Rochester, New York.

Senior Instructor: Steve Perino, Psy. D.

Steve Sensei, also a certified black belt, is the senior instructor of our program. Steve has been practicing since 2000 and was formerly an instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology's aikido program as well as a member of Aikido Kokikai of Rochester dojo.


Kokikai Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that teaches coordination of mind and body using self-defense techniques to develop one's internal energy or "ki".

Kokikai-Ryu was founded by Shuji Maruyama Sensei, who has taught Aikido since 1957. Maruyama Sensei was one of the esteemed uchi deshi (resident students) of O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Maruyama Sensei came to the U.S. with Koichi Tohei Sensei  and the Ki aikido movement, and then opened schools in the U.S. starting with Philadelphia Aikido in 1968.

Maruyama Sensei periodically visits the U.S. to conduct regional and local seminars that includes the NYC area.

Shuji Maruyama Sensei

O Sensei (center) Left to Right:, Kurita Yutaka, Shimizu Kenji, Saotome Mitsugi, Kanai Mitsunari, Toheï Akira, Ueshiba Kisshomaru, Maruyama Shuji, Watanabe Nobuyuki circa 1964