Aikido Ai, 6725 Comstock Ave., Whittier, CA (562) 696-1838

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Special Events

Building our Students and our Community

Our special events help enrich our students' training, build relationships with family and friends, and connect with the greater Whittier area community. Our seminars reach out to martial artists throughout Southern California.


Next Seminar series will be with Teja Bell, who is a master in Aikido, Tai Chi, Qigong, and well recognized as a Lineage Master in Rinzai Zen. Scroll down for the times for his classes, to be held June 22 and June 23.

Our 2019 Mt. Baldy Retreat was a success and we are already preparing for next year. It will be on the Memorial Day weekend -- May 22 thru 25, 2020. Come for one, two, or four days. It draws people from across the United States.

Scroll down to see details.


Chi-Lel QiGong

Full Moon Meditations in 2019

Sunday, June 23, at 5:00 p.m. 

Schedule is subject to change.

Chi-Lel (TM) consists of visualizations combined with a series of gentle movements which can be easily followed by anyone who wants to decrease stress while improving and sustaining their health, wellness, and vitality. It is meditation in motion. According to Well+Good, the trendy health website, group meditation is one of the top ten wellness crazes. 

The Chi-Lel practitioners all over the world practice Qigong together, forming a great loving healing chi-field. 

Everyone is Welcome.  No Charge.

Session starts promptly at 5:00 p.m. 



Mt. Baldy Retreat 

Friday evening, May 22 through Monday noon, May 23, 2020.

Come to explore the internal and external aspects of Aikido, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Zen. Everyone is welcome, from curious first-timers and beginners to experienced students and instructors. Come for a day or two, or register for the four day adventure.


2019 Test Dates

March 2: Kyu tests 

May 4: Brown & Black Belt tests

June 1: Kyu tests

Sept. 14: Kyu tests

Nov. 2: Brown & Black Belt tests

Dec. TBD: Kyu tests 

Fellow students, family and friends come witness the tests and give support to the candidates. It's exciting to watch!    

Kyu Tests, held quarterly, are for students seeking their next promotions leading up to brown belt (2nd and 1st kyu). 

The Brown and Black Belt Tests are held twice a year, in May and November. These are great shows! 


Usually, adults test on Saturdays; and kids' aikido tests are on Fridays.



Aikido kyu belts are to meet with Assistant Chief Instructor Gil Izaguirre 6 weeks prior to the test date for prep requirements.

Aikido Black & Brown belt candidates are to meet with Assistant Chief Instructor Gil Izaguirre 3 months prior to the test date for prep requirements. 

Tai Chi candidates are to have their immediate instructor's recommendation to apply. Assistant Chief Instructor Suzette Hodnett will oversee preparation. 

Kyu sashes need 6 weeks preparation.

Brown and black sashes need 3 months preparation. 

Teja Bell Seminars

Aikido, Qigong, and Meditation


Saturday, June 22

  • 10-12 PM and 2-4 PM

Sunday, June 23

  • 10-12 PM