Aikido is a Japanese martial art that utilizes an opponent's energy and momentum against them. We are mostly a throwing/grappling martial art as opposed to a striking martial art. We do both empty handed and traditional weapons training (sword, staff, and knife). Club members need no prior experience or skills to participate. The FSU Aikido Club has been in practice on campus for over 40 years. We have two senior sensei (instructors). Dan Evans and Eitaro Kawaguchi (aka "ET") both have over 30 years’ experience in the art. In addition to practice, we also conduct promotion tests for ranks, joint practices with North Florida Aikikai, conduct demonstrations at various events, as well as travel to and attend regional seminars.
- Roster Size: 12-15
- Practice Space: Combative's Room, basement of Tully Gymnasium
- Practice Times: three days a week, two hours per day
- Governing Body: Aikido Schools of Ueshiba
- Tournaments: attend regional seminars where we learn new techniques from prominent aikido instructors
- The Aikido club had two successful ranking tests this past year. The first was held in conjunction with the other aikido dojo in town which enabled them to demonstrate their skills in front of a sensei other than their own. The second was held in the spring semester and allowed members to raise two ranks over the past year.