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For more than 50 years, Aikido Ai has educated students in Whittier and Southern California. We are committed to helping students learn new skills and open doors to a new future. Visit us to learn more.

Aikido class line-up
Shomen at front of classroom.
Sensei starting weapons class.
Seniors morning tai chi class.
Taiko seminar students.
Fun after exams.
Qigong students in seminar.
Aikido begins with the first step.
Taiko workshop.
Aikido exam.
Sitting in seize for class.
Everyone in a taiko seminar.
Teja Bell seminar.
Long staff demonstration.
World-class master teachers.
Taiko class on a Saturday.
Nidans: Louis Celaya and Chris Johnson
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Why Train at Aikido Ai?

Classic training in Aikido and Tai Chi seeks the resolution of conflict, not only with others but also within ourselves.

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Aikido-Ai of Southern California is under the direction of Sensei Frank McGouirk, 7th Dan, Shihan. With more than 50 years of experience teaching aikido and tai chi, and decades of training in Zen, his philosophy has shaped the development of many advanced instructors and black belts as well as countless happy students. 

Students remark that they feel at home here. Instruction at Aikido-Ai is non-intimidating. Our highly respected and skilled teachers lead with a sense of humor and enjoyment of their art. 

The dojo is a refuge from a hectic world for students seeking a commitment to self development. The friendships formed with fellow students can last a lifetime. 

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Aikido Classes

Joe DePonte masters Grasping Bird's Tail.

Tai Chi Classes

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Our Aikido Instructors

Lives Dedicated to Learning and Seeking Wisdom.

Our Aikido instructors demonstrate the dedication to lifelong training as exemplified by the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. These photos are from our aikido classes. Click the button to see a short bio for each of our aikido instructors.

Class instruction.
Nidans: Louis Celaya and Chris Johnson
Sensei starting weapons class.
Louis's Nidan Exam 2017
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Our Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors

Helping Every Student Get Better Daily.

Many of our Tai Chi and Qigong instructors began their training as adults seeking health, stress reduction, gentle exercise, or other benefits that tai chi and qigong offers. They know many of the challenges that new students can be facing and want to help to overcome them. Click through to see their stories.

Tai chi instructors Suzette, Jennifer, Linda, and Sensei.
Sensei Frank outdoors with Hotai statue.
Jennifer Higa, Tai Chi and Aikido.
Linda Hill in Narrow Blade Jian.
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Aikido Ai

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Linda Hill, webmaster

Aikido Ai

6725 Comstock Ave, Whittier, CA 90601, USA

(562) 550-5446

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