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.

Starting in March 2020 the Thursday 6pm class will have a rotating curriculum:

1st Thursday will be relaxation, breathing and body work class
2nd Thursday will be Jo & Bokken forms, kata and suburi class
3rd Thursday will be Aiki taiso, taisabaki toshu and body movement class
4th Thursday will be Tai chi intro class taught by Joel Augustin 23+ year student of Tai chi

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

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2 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

3 months ago

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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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4 months ago

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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

5 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

5 months ago

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If you've ever been curious what an aikido class looks like, here's a video to de-mystify the experience! ... See MoreSee Less

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