Aikido is the modern Japanese martial art in which cheating is technique.

We think that, as the size of your opponent approaches scary big, the effectiveness of a hard block tends toward zero. When you meet an irresistible force, don't try to be an immovable object.

Think outside the box and get out of the way.

We train to use the minimum effort necessary to avoid the attack and get to a position of maximum advantage. IRL, what you do from there is up to you. In class, though, we help each other.


MIT Aikido Kokikai is part of the Association of Student Activities and Club Sports, and is open to all MIT affiliates.

Practice is

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 7:30-9:00 pm

in the Wrestling Room in W32 (DuPont Athletic Center).

Some of our students come once a week; some come every time. Some come for self-defense, some for exercise, and some for stress relief.

Try it:

Beginners (to the club, to aikido, to martial arts, or to general fitness) are welcome at any class.

If you are interested, the best thing to do is to come to a practice wearing something roomy or stretchy - maybe sweat pants and a long sleeved shirt.

Come a few minutes early, with your MIT ID card.


Club links:

External links:

Last modified: Sat Mar 15 23:50:07 EDT 2014