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We practice Aikido as a means for self-defense, a path toward vitality,

and a way to find harmony within oneself and with others.

Our dojo is fortunate to offer two styles of the art:

Aikido led by dojo founder Sensei Ericksen

and Shin Ryu, an alternative practice taught by Sensei Gayer.

Aikido is the ever evolving manifestation of principles and technical movements first envisioned by its founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei).


Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art which seeks to blend with an attack rather than fighting against it. The spontaneous, fluid, and dynamic movements of Aikido may be used to unbalance an aggressor and render them harmless. An emphasis on traditional martial aspects such as proper timing, spacing, blending, and awareness are continually refined through our practice.


Aikido provides practitioners with a physical vehicle with which to train the body, while also opening the door to deeper spiritual and philosophical avenues. In the end it is for each student to decide just how far along the path they will travel, or how much they wish to discover.

Translated loosely into English as “The way of Peace and Harmony,

there is a fluid art to the partnered practice at the center of this self-defense art.

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Heaven & Earth Aikido is affiliated with New Hombu Dojo in Tokyo

and New York Aikikai

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