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About Aikido of Monterey
Aikido of Monterey
Danielle Smith Sensei is the head instructor and leader of our dojo. She is a 7th degree black belt and started her training at Aikido of Monterey's inception, in 1973. Stan Pranin was her teacher for three years.

Stan Pranin Sensei was the founder and editor of the international newsletter, "Aikido Journal". Stan Pranin was considered by many to be the world's foremost authority with regard to the life of O'Sensei.

Since our beginning on Prescott Avenue, we have trained in a garage in Monterey, at Monterey Peninsula College, in a Pacific Grove storefront, at the Naval Post Graduate School, a building in Seaside, a remodeled sardine cannery on Cannery Row and a back room in Mariposa Hall, in New Monterey.

Our location (since 1992), 1251 10th Street, was remodeled in 2003, and is located near the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School at the corner of 10th Street between Sloat and Ocean in Monterey. As of April 16, 2018 we have moved from this location. Our temporary location is: Seaside Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena, Seaside CA 93955. We offer Aikido classes for adults and an outstanding youth program. Students can keep abreast of dojo highlights by way of the circle announcements at the end of each class and the web site's "Catch the Wave" newsletter.

Also see One Point Center for: Pilates, Iaido, Yoga, and Zen meditation. Check www.onepointcenter.com for more information. As of April 16, 2018 we will be moving from this location. Our temporary location is: Seaside Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena, Seaside CA 93955.

Aikido of Monterey is a member of the California Aikido Association (CAA), division II, headed by Frank Doran Shihan, whose primary dojo, Aikido West, is located in Redwood City. (See affiliations and links.) Doran Shihan is also the direct teacher of Danielle Smith Sensei and Dennis Evans Sensei.


The Art of Peace - Morihei Ueshiba
16 Do not fail
To learn from
The pure voice of an
Ever-flowing mountain stream
Splashing over the rocks.
Aikido of Monterey · 1251 10th Street, Monterey CA 93940 · info@aikidomonterey.com · 831.375.8106

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