2020 Aikido Summit Postponed

Update 3/20/2021:

Save the date! September 11, 2021. We look forward to hosting the summit and will honor registrations that have already paid for the event. Stay tuned for more to come.

Update 3/19/2020:

We are working with our incredible lineup of instructors and the Denver Buddhist Temple to identify an alternate weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Aikido Summit and will announce the new date as soon as possible.

Refunds are available by request; for those of you who have already registered and are willing to keep your registration for the future dates, we greatly appreciate that and we are working to arrange a bonus training session in recognition of the disruption this has caused. If not, we fully understand given the current situation, so please contact us here or at denveraikikai@comcast.com.

Update 3/16/2020:

In light of the recent developments with COVID-19 and the ban on large group gatherings, we have no choice but to postpone the 20th Aikido Summit, March 27 & 28, 2020 at the Denver Buddhist Temple.  We are working with all the wonderful instructors and the Denver Buddhist Temple to identify the best possible dates to reschedule the Summit. Denver Aikikai will continue to do its utmost to provide you with a safe, secure and successful Aikido Summit at the earliest date possible.  We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand that you may also have several questions for us.  We need some time to create solutions and develop our plan for moving forward. We will gladly share those details with you as soon as we have them. Please watch this page or connect with us on Facebook for those details.

Be safe and take care. We look forward to seeing you at the 20th Aikido Summit when we reconvene later this year. 

Denver Aikikai

Denver Aikido Summit 20th Anniversary – March 27-28, 2020

**UPDATE 3/16/2020: Event postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click here for the most up-to-date information about this event.

Join us March 27 & 28, 2020 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Denver Aikido Summit! This year will feature a special 2 day event with an extraordinary instructor lineup.


  • Laurie Nusbaum Sensei – Boulder Aikikai
  • Tres Hofmeister Sensei – Boulder Aikikai
  • Cyndy Hayashi Sensei – Aikido West
  • Susan Chandler Sensei – Denver Ki Aikido
  • Abel Villacorta Sensei – Boulder Ki Aikido
  • Russ Smith Sensei – Rocky Mountain Ki Society
  • Kei Izawa Sensei – Aikikai Tanshinjuku
  • Ron Abo Sensei – DBT Aikido
  • Mike Jones Sensei – Roaring Fork Aikikai
  • Edgar Johansson Sensei – Denver Aikikai
  • Kimberly Richardson Sensei – Two Cranes Aikido
  • Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei – Boulder Aikikai


  • Friday March 27 – 6:30PM to 9:00PM
  • Saturday March 28 – 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


The Denver Buddhist Temple is located at 1947 Lawrence (corner of 20th & Lawrence). Please bring your weapons.

Denver Aikido Summit – March 9, 2019

Denver Aikikai is pleased to announce that the 19th Annual Denver Aikido Summit will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Denver Buddhist Temple. The lineup this year offers a unique blend of instructors, so please join us for an exceptional day of training!

  • Mike Jones Sensei – Roaring Fork Aikikai
  • Steve Shaw Sensei – Aikikai Tanshinjuku
  • Seiji Tanaka Sensei – Hyland Hills Tomiki Aikido
  • Abel Villacorta Sensei – Boulder Ki Aikido
  • Edgar Johansson Sensei – Denver Aikikai
  • Tres Hofmeister Sensei – Boulder Aikikai

Schedule: Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Cost: $80 through 2/22/19; $85 after; $90 at the door.
Pre-registration includes lunch and a T-shirt; preferences for entree options and shirt sizes not guaranteed for registrants after 2/22/19. Shirts and lunch not guaranteed for walk-in registrants.

The Denver Buddhist Temple is located at 1947 Lawrence (corner of 20th & Lawrence). Please bring your weapons.

Seminar with Cyndy Hayashi Shihan – Feb. 1-2, 2019

Denver Aikikai welcomes back 7th Dan Cyndy Hayashi Shihan from Aikido West. Join us for a weekend of lively training and yudansha tests. 

Cyndy Hayashi Shihan


Friday, February 1

6:30 – 8:30pm  Class

Saturday, December 2

10:30 – 12:30 pm  Class
Lunch (on your own)
2:30 – 3:30 pm Class
Yudansha tests

Registration for this event has closed.

Download the printable flyer.

Friday Workshop with Kimberly Richardson – April 6, 2018

Denver Aikikai welcomes Kimberly Richardson Sensei (6th Dan, Two Cranes Aikido) for a special one-night workshop on April 6, 2018. 

This workshop will be held at Denver Aikikai (1592 S. Broadway) from 6:30-8:30 pm. Registration for this event is limited to 20 participants, so we encourage you to sign up early!

Update 3.16.18: 

Online registration for this event has closed! Please contact the dojo if you have any questions.

About Richardson Sensei

Kimberly began her Aikido training at Naropa Institute in 1978 and shortly after moved to Seattle to train with Mary Heiny Sensei. Determined athleticism, psychotherapy practices and energy awareness skills are key elements of her spirited teaching.

Kimberly has studied throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, most notably with Anno Shihan, Saotome and Ikeda Shihan, and Dobson and Read Senseis. She acted as chief instructor for The Apple Computer Aikido School in Cupertino, CA in 1989 and at Seattle School of Aikido from 1991 to 1995. In the fall of 1995, Kimberly founded Two Cranes Aikido, where she teaches the philosophy and practice of Aikido to people of all ages. Kimberly Sensei was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan by Mary Heiny Sensei in 2007.

Seminar with Cyndy Hayashi Shihan & Edgar Johansson Sensei – Dec. 1–3, 2017

Close out the year at another wonderful event with Cyndy Hayashi shihan and our own Edgar Johansson sensei! December 1 – 3, come enjoy a weekend of weapons and taijutsu training with these two fun and lively instructors.


Friday, December 1

6:30 – 7:30pm  Edgar Johansson Sensei
7:30 – 8:30pm  Cyndy Hayashi Sensei

Saturday, December 2

10:30 – 11:30am  Edgar Johansson Sensei
11:30am – 12:30pm  Cyndy Hayashi Sensei

2:30 – 4:30pm 4 Dan tests

Sunday, December 3 (Weapons)

9:30 – 10:30am  Edgar Johansson Sensei
10:30 – 11:30am  Cyndy Hayashi Sensei

Cost: $100.00
Pre-registration encouraged. Please bring weapons if possible; the dojo also has some available to borrow. To download the printable flyer, click here.

Seminar with Michael Friedl Shihan – Oct. 27-29, 2017

Denver Aikikai is proud to welcome Michael Friedl Shihan to Denver on October 27-29, 2017. 

Michael Friedl Shihan

Michael Friedl Shihan (7th Dan) is founder and chief instructor of Aikido of Ashland. He is Division Head for Division 2 of the California Aikido Association. He is also a previous President of the California Aikido Association.

Friedl Shihan began his Aikido training in 1972 under Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. He became uchi deshi for Takeguchi Sensei from 1975-1977. He was also uchi deshi for Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan from 1981-1983. In Iwama he studied weapons intensely and the Iwama style of weapons remains a strong influence in his practice. In 1978, Friedl Shihan established a dojo in Burlington, Vermont. He moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1979 and started a small aikido club. He returned to Ashland in 1986 and started a dojo at the Ashland YMCA in 1987. In July of 1994 Aikido of Ashland opened its doors to dojo members.

Friedl Shihan affiliated with Frank Doran Shihan in 1979 and has been a student of his since that time.

Seminar Information:

Friday, Oct. 27 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 28 10:30 am -12:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 29 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Click here to download the printable flyer.

Denver Aikido Summit – April 1, 2017

Denver Aikikai is proud to bring you the 17th Annual Denver Aikido Summit on April 1, 2017 at the Denver Buddhist Temple.

  • Cyndy Hayashi shihan, 7th Dan, Aikido West
  • Seiji Tanaka sensei, 8th Dan, Hyland Hills Tomiki Aikido
  • Tres Hofmeister sensei, 7th Dan, Boulder Aikikai
  • Toby Threadgill sensei, Kaicho, Takemura ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu

Cost: $80 before March 11, 2017, $85 after; $90 at the door
Pre-registration includes lunch and a T-shirt; not guaranteed for walk-in registrants.

The Denver Buddhist Temple is located at 1947 Lawrence (corner of 20th & Lawrence). Please bring your weapons. The seminar will run from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with a break for the catered lunch.  For more information, contact us.

To download the printable flyer, click here.

Dojo-cho Edgar Johansson Promoted to 5th Dan at 2017 Kagami Biraki

Denver Aikikai is tremendously proud to announce that Dojo-cho Edgar Johansson sensei received the rank of godan (5th degree black belt) at the 2017 Kagami Biraki. We are honored by the aikido community and grateful for his leadership in and out of the dojo.

Here’s to a year of bounty and learning, discipline and joy. Join us in 2017! Beginner’s class is underway and kyu tests will be held at the end of February!

Self-Defense Workshop with Cyndy Hayashi – August 6, 2016

Denver Aikikai proudly announces the return of one of our most popular events: Self Defense with Cyndy Hayashi shihan!
Cyndy Hayashi sensei

Cyndy Hayashi is a 7th degree black belt in Aikido. She has successfully defended herself in situations at work, home and in the street. This unique 3 hour workshop offers practical information in a light-hearted fun atmosphere. The class will be tailored to the wants and needs of participants but will explore principles of self defense, including how to stay calm and think clearly under duress, how to deter an attacker before they engage, and how to keep yourself safe while exiting dangerous situations. No prior experience with martial arts is necessary.

Ages 10+ welcome. Dress in loose comfortable clothing with socks. We will be working from standing and ground positions.

Location: Denver Aikikai 1592 S. Broadway
Date: Saturday, August 6 – 2pm-5pm