Welcome to Kiku Matsu Dojo

Established in 2005, Kiku Matsu Dojo serves as the headquarters of the Aikido World Alliance (AWA), offering high-quality training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  Our dojo also offers Karate as well an hosting the Chicago Buddhist Meditation Group.

We have classes 7 days a week and on-going students may attend as many classes as they like. Those who would like to get a taste of Aikido are invited to take our 4-week introductory course.

What is Aikido and what you can get from training
Dojo Cho DeGraff sensei demonstrating iriminage

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5 months ago

Kiku Matsu Dojo

Aikido - the art of peace; a way to reconcile the world; the practice of shugyo (polishing and refining the spirit). These are the tenets of our practice. Confronting truths and caring for one another can be hard, but we cannot remain silent. Racial injustice and violence are not acceptable. We must stand up to these challenges and do our part to end racism. We speak of compassion and acceptance and we must all walk the talk. Kiku Matsu dojo stands behind #blacklivesmatter and will continue to be a place where all are welcome: all colors, all religions; all genders; all people. We are one. ... See MoreSee Less

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With you in solidarity, Sensei! Very well said. I appreciate you putting forth an ally voice to stand united against racism and discrimination. 💜

No justice, no peace!

7 months ago

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As we are all waking up to a new normal of social distancing, Kiku Matsu is committed to playing a role in flattening the curve of the spread of COVID-19. Effective today, March 16, we will be cancelling all classes until March 31. We are keeping close tabs on information coming from local governments on what we can to do help limit the spread of this new disease. We will review our closure again as we get closer to March 31. Please remember that training is about so much more than what happens just on the mat during classes and seminars. There is so much you can do outside of the dojo -- starting with taking care of each other. So, as we put a temporary hold on our time together on the mats, let's all continue to focus on what our training is truly about -- compassion. Love each other, folks -- and keep your distance.❤️❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

Kiku Matsu Dojo

Starting in March Thursday class at the dojo will be a rotating theme!

Week 1: Relaxation, breathing, and body work
Week 2: Jo & Bokken forms, kata, and suburi
Week 3: Aiki Taiso, Taisabaki, and body movement
Week 4: Tai chi intro with Joel Augustin

Hope to see you there!
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9 months ago

Kiku Matsu Dojo

Dojo-cho Laura DeGraff-sensei demonstrating overhead cut defense against Sato-Shihan, head of the aikido world alliance! #chicagomartialarts #lincolnsquarechicago #aikidowomen ... See MoreSee Less

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I really miss you guys!!

I believe you got Sensei’s attention with that Sankyo Laura DeGraff Sensei

10 months ago

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Sato-sensei taking ukemi for Joel Augustin! With breakfall!! ... See MoreSee Less

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After all these years I still enjoy watching Sato Sensei