Located in Boston's Chinatown!

Boston Kokikai Aikido

"minimum effort maximum effect"


I have been privileged to have been able to spend over twenty years (!) of my life studying Aikido with Shuji Maruyama, the founder of Kokikai Aikido. Since I started learning Kokikai Aikido here in Boston, I have seen many stunning improvements in technique which is very unusual in the Aikido world. 

I never know what improvement Sensei has been working on at home in Japan, so this always gives me something to look forward to at camps and seminars he teaches to try to replicate Sensei's graceful technique is impossible, but he implores us to always try our best to achieve it.

Sensei was  born in Japan and now resides there in outside of Nagoya where he teaches Aikido. Although busy with his thriving dojo in Japan,  "Sensei" as well call his has many more American students throughout the country.   We are fortunate that Sensei is still actively teaching Aikido and visiting the United States several times a year to conduct classes, seminars and camps.  Please join us and find out the latest improvements in Aikido as a form of self defense.

Heather Randolph,  Sensei.

1953 - Tohei, Sensei's instructor a high ranking Aikido practitioner, visits Hawaii to introduce Aikido to America

Sensei starts training with Tohei, who is a friend of the family, when he returns from Hawaii in Iwama. Aikido practice was officially prohibited at the time but the practice held in a converted rice shed was unnoticed by authorities.


Sensei studies with Ueshiba

Early Sixties - Sensei goes to Nippon University  in Tokyo and received an introduction so is able to practice Aikido at Ueshiba's Aikido school in Tokyo.

Sensei Visits USA

1966 (March 3) - Invited by Ohio Judo/Karate Association to come to New York.  In Cleveland, Sensei encountered students of different martial arts who tried to "test" Aikido.  Sensei noticed cultural differences between Americans and Japanese, as he says...

"One feature of Americans is that you have to see things yourself, by your eye, and then try them yourself. They ask, "Can I attack you?" I throw. Then they believe. Americans always need proof. In Japan, the most important thing is autho rity. So, if one family has taught this art for 200 years, the founder's family, his son and grandson, already we half-believe him. In the U.S., we don't have such a thing as a 200- year history. So what! Only real ability is important. If there is real power and strength, then we believe. Say the father is strong. Then we believe the son is also strong? No, only if the son is strong."
From Shuji Maruyama's autobiography, part 1.