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

Seminar: Frank Doran Shihan and Tres Hofmeister Sensei Oct. 2016

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016 for an incredible event with Frank Doran Shihan (7th dan) and Tres Hofmeister Sensei (7th dan) in Denver, CO. This event marks the first time Doran Shihan will teach in Colorado, and promises a full day of aikido training of the highest caliber.
Frank Doran Tres Hofmeister Denver

The event will start at 10:00 am at the Denver Buddhist Temple: 1947 Lawrence St. Denver, CO 80202. Stay tuned to this space and our Facebook page for updates.

To download a PDF of this flyer, click here.

Dan Messisco sensei returns to Denver Aikikai May 8-10, 2015

Denver Aikikai welcomes back Dan Messisco sensei for another incredible workshop in May 2015. 

dan messisco sensei

Dan Messisco (6th Dan ASU) has been training in martial arts since 1964. His martial arts background includes extensive training in both Korea and Japan. He earned his Chodan in Tang Soo Do in Korea and studied under Hwang Kwan Jang Nim, son of Grand Master Hwang Kee. In Japan, his training includes time at Hombu dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Messisco Sensei studied under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan in Sarasota, Florida where he earned his Shodan (ASU). He also studied under Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan in Boulder, Colorado where he received his Nidan and Sandan rank (ASU). He received his Aikikai Yondan in Japan, Godan while studying in Pennsylvania, and Rokudan while in Michigan.

Friday May 8 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday May 9 – 10:30 am – 12:30 and 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday May 10 – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

$120 in advance or $150 at the door (if space is available)

Registration for individual classes is $40 advance and $50 at the door if space is available. Seminar is limited to 30 people so register early to reserve your spot!

Click here to download a printable flyer.