Aikido of Monterey has become a large part of the Aikido community since its beginning in 1973. We are affiliated with California Aikido Association (CAA) and Hombu Dojo (Aikido World Headquarters in Japan). More about AOM.
Sensei Danielle Smith has been practicing Aikido since 1973 and has been chief instructor since 1976. See about teachers.
Adult classes are held 7 days a week for all levels from beginning to advanced. We also offer an active program of classes for youth.
Visitors are always welcome to observe classes. See schedule for class times and levels. Beginning students are welcome on an ongoing basis.
Sensei Danielle Smith
demonstrating "koshi nage"
AOM Celebrates 45 years! 1973-2018 We have moved! Classes now at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple in Seaside. (Enter through the gate on the left of the building and park in back.) See new schedule and adult Newsletter for more information.
Note: Adult monthly dues now $70. Monday - Aikibojitsu 12 noon (1st and last Mondays at 2:00), Aiki-Kids 5:00, Adult General 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday - Aiki-Mites 4:00, Aiki-Kids 5:00, Adult General 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Saturday - Aikibojitsu 7:45-8:30 am, Adult General 8:30 am.(Check "What's New" and "Adult Newsletter" regularly for possible schedule changes. The schedule calendar may not be correct.)
June Schedule changes:
Classes on Monday evening as usual, includes opportunity to practice for the Obon Festival.
Tuesday evening class - 6:00-6:45, Obon demo practice.
All other classes as scheduled.
Thank you, Central Coast Kids & Families (next door to the former dojo location)! CCKF let us use their space to finish out the school year for the Big Sur Charter School Aiki Mites class. Domo Arigato!
The Art of Peace - Morihei Ueshiba
Daily training in the Art of Peace allows you inner divinity to shine brighter and brighter. Do not concern yourself with the right and wrong of others. Do not be calculating or act unnaturally. Keep your mind set on the Art of Peace, and do not criticize other teachers or traditions. The Art of Peace never restrains, restricts, or shackles anything. It embraces all and purifies everything.