Where to Get a Training Uniform


One of Chicago Aikido Club‘s local suppliers for dogi training uniforms, East West Martial Arts Supply, recently closed its long-standing location on the north side of the city. This prompted a search for additional suppliers. A number of good stores and companies were recommended by club members and friends at other dojo, and have been compiled here for anyone interested. (Chicago-area businesses have been highlighted)

Bujin Design

Century Martial Arts

Choi Brothers (Chicago)


Judo Inc.

KI International Corporation

Kiyota Company, Inc. [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED]

KPM SUPPLY (Franklin Park)

Military Arts Institute (maintains former inventory of East West Martial Arts) (Chicago)
6001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 381-7765 (Call for Mr. Shin and arrange a time to meet)

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Samurai Saturday (Saturday, August 22)


Inaka Dojo, 704 Dixie Highway, Beecher, IL 60401, United States

Head Instructor Wendy Whited invites everyone to join in a special class with a focus on training for Shodan (first degree black belt) testing. Sessions begin at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. All levels welcome. Fee: $25.00. Please RSVP inakadojo@asu.org. For more information visit: http://www.inakadojo.org/.

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“Chop ‘Til You Drop” (Saturday, August 1, Starts at 11:00 AM)


Abiding Spirit Center

1540 Carlemont Dr, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

The Abiding Spirit Center, home to our friends Abiding Spirit Aikikai (led by Lisa Tomoleoni), is holding a fundraiser for a new space. All aikidoka are invited to join in executing 1,000 suburi (sword cuts) to raise $10,000 so the dojo can move and build out their new space. Contributions may be made via Paypal to AbidingSpiringCenter@gmail.com (Abiding Spirit Center is a 501c3 organization, so all contributions are tax deductible). Abiding Spirit Aikikai has been home to a number of notable events in recent years, including the annual Midwest Bridge Seminar and weekend seminars with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan. The Center also provides a variety of health services and other programs, including free programs for the area teen center, work with an area organization to offer free mindfulness training workshops, providing free health care treatments to cancer survivors, free empowerment workshops for abuse survivors, free health care to caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, and many more such activities. For details, visit http://www.abidingspiritcenter.org or Facebook.

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First Mondays Intro Class


Starting next month, Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) invites all newcomers to try out the martial art of aikido the first Monday class of every month.

The class is absolutely free. No experience or uniform necessary. Just be sure to wear clothes in which you can move freely, and bring flip flops and an open attitude.

First Mondays Intro Class will begin on Monday, August 3, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

For more info, visit http://www.chicagoaikidoclub.com or e-mail info@chicagoaikidoclub.com.

We also have a Facebook event page here.

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Yip Man, Morihei Ueshiba and Imi Litchtenfeld.

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Wing Chun, Aikido and Krav Maga, 

Three different marital arts systems. Wing Chun being the oldest and Aikido and Krav Maga being created prior to and after WW2 in our modern chronology of history.

For those not familiar with each system, Wing Chun is Chinese in origin and has a long deep and sometimes disputed history, it is named after a female Yim Wing Chun who is said to have developed the teachings for Self Defence. Aikido is Japanese in origin and descends from Daito-Ryu Jujitsu after the founder Morihei Ueshiba moved on from Daito Ryu and created Aikido which he called “the Art of Peace”. Krav Maga was created by Imi Litchtenfeld initially from Western Boxing and Wrestling and created to help Jewish people defend themselves from the nazi’s prior to and during WW2, it was taken to Israel and developed further and includes techniques from Aikido and the…

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New Summer Flyer!


Club member Luke Sims who just took his test for rokkyu (6th kyu) on Sunday, July 12 (Congratulations Luke!) is also pursuing a major in Product Design at Columbia College (with a minor in Environmental Studies). With a number of artistic disciplines under his belt (he studies drawing, painting, photography, writing, theater, music, glassblowing and dance), he volunteered to contribute a new flyer for the dojo this summer. The results you can see above.

Luke joins us from his hometown of Miami, FL. He has actually been studying aikido for a few years at other dojo. He was first introduced to the art by a friend of his father during middle school, but did not begin formal training until his senior year of high school. He has been part of Chicago Aikido Club (CAC) for little more than a year.

You can also check out some more of Luke’s artwork and photography here at Behance at on Instagram here.

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Over 40? – What Martial Art should you choose?

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As people move through the aging cycle of the lifespan it is quite common for our likes and interests to change. It is not uncommon for example for people who enjoy playing hard physical sports like Australian Rules Football to make a decision to retire around the age of 40 and to move on to another sport or interest. Let me point out that not all retire however, many people continue in their chosen sport until whatever age they feel like and more power to those that do.

Trying new sports,  in this case martial arts can be a daunting experience for many people and it can be exemplified somewhat if you are over 40. Yet it is also true that training in Martial Arts for Over 40’s can very much increase your fitness and confidence levels. I can very much recommend it and would like to challenge you to…

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Top Five Martial Arts for Nurses / Health Workers.

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Sadly if you work in the Emergency Department of a Public Hospital, your chances of being punched, hit or otherwise assaulted at work are on the increase. Nurses for years have often been the target of physical violence in the workplace ranging from being attacked by patients with Alzheimer’s disease who simply do not recognise who they are and respond out of fear through to crystal meth addicts looking for the fastest way out of the emergency department after being detained.

So how then does a nurse or allied health worker reasonably defend themselves at work? – There are a number of self defence systems, yet how many are suitable in a hospital or other health environment where punching and striking patients is strictly forbidden and will quickly result in your suspension from work if it happens, including if you try and tell your employer that you were simply trying…

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Takehara Sensei in Action

Some previously unposted photos of Joe Takehara demonstrating at Tohkon Judo Academy’s Kagami Biraki celebration on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

The full gallery is available for viewing here.

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Age is a Mental Thing

Chicago Aikido Club member Dwight Sora kicked of celebrations for his 42nd birthday with a round of birthday breakfalls following evening class on Friday, June 26.

The very generous nage work came courtesy of club members Marlon Fadragas, Cyril Oseledets, Joe Takehara, Hai Tran, Nguyen Tran and Andrew Vitale.

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