As I finish my tenth week working, playing, teaching, and sleeping at home, I am thankful Sensei and the dojo are still a part of my life.  Akira-sensei and my friends in Aikido have been a guiding force in my life for over 20 years. Never is that more needed than now.

Recently, Sensei has been teaching classes alone at Genyokan. This has become even more special and personal for me as I attend. I remember times (when we were all at Genyokan together long ago) where it felt like Sensei’s classes and instructions were centered entirely around me. I wondered if other students felt the same way. Now that feeling is even more intense. It is only me, in my basement, and Sensei at Genyokan.

At the same time, I know there are people from all over AYANA attending classes. It is almost like a big Aikido weekend were people from all over come to Ann Arbor to study at Genyokan together. So although I am alone, Sensei is alone, and you are alone, we are all together. It feels like it could almost be a Kenshu or clinic lecture!

Online classes have been a great way for me to stay centered, active, and connected. I cannot wait to return to Genyokan. The smiling faces, the sounds of the Dojo, sliding on the canvas, crashing into the mat, it all brings a smile to my face. Until then, I will press forward!

Thank you, Sensei, for this tremendous opportunity!


Mark Reitmeier

With the additional directives in the executive order, current online classes are of Akira Kushida-sensei teaching alone at Genyokan.

Valuable details in techniques, and Aikido lectures are included!

Please visit virtual Genyokan and study directly from Sensei!

Aikido Beginners Class

Yoshokai Aikido

Aikido is a form of Japanese Budo, a way of study including both physical and mental training. The word Aikido can be loosely translated as “the Way (do) of harmony (ai) with nature or universal energy (ki).” Aikido is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. We study moving in harmony with others to eventually strive to create harmony with nature.