Aikido of Santa Cruz

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Aikido of Santa Cruz
306 Mission Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-8326
fax: (831) 423-6156
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Aikido of Santa Cruz

Welcome to Aikido! "The Art of Peace" - a dynamic martial art practice based on harmony. Enjoy non-competitive training in a supportive community. Ongoing Aikido classes for adults, teenagers, and children (ages 6-9 and 9-12). Start now!

Aikido of Santa Cruz is a non-profit, public benefit, educational organization, serving the community since 1982. We welcome sincere students of any race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic background. Our Chief Instructor is Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th degree black belt and author of Journey to the Heart of Aikido.

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei (1883-1969) envisioned Aikido as a multifaceted training of body, mind, and spirit in the principles of harmony, natural movement, and "the spirit of love and protection for all." As Aikido emphasizes inner strength rather than physical strength, it is accessible to all ages and body types. Women and men train together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. Aikido practice is empowering, fun, and inspiring for everyone - ages 6 & up. Visitors are always welcome to watch classes. Join the Beginners Classes at any time!

"In any endeavor, it is essential to activate your inner spirit. The world is undergoing drastic change. In order to meet those challenges, I practice Aikido." - Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, founder of Aikido

Please see our Events page for announcements about workshops and events at Aikido of Santa Cruz.


Aikido Book: Journey to the heart of Aikido

Aikido of Santa Cruz celebrates the release of Journey to the Heart of Aikido!


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Eastside Santa Cruz Life recently wrote a great article about Linda Holiday Sensei and her Aikido journey. Click here to read more.

Join our Beginners Classes Anytime!

Beginning Aikido Class

New Open Enrollment!
Join any Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday
Tuesday and Thursday evenings- 5:45-7:00pm
Saturday mornings- 9:00-10:15am

$75 for 4 weeks (12 days) of Beginners Classes

Or: $150 for the Deluxe Intro Package: in addition to 4 weeks of Beginners Classes, you will recieve a free training uniform, a copy of the acclaimed book Journey to the Heart of Aikido, by ASC chief instructor Linda Holiday, plus 4 weeks additional unlimited training after the Beginners Classes, with students of all levels!


Holiday Break Schedule for Kids and Teens classes:

6-9 and 9-12 year olds:
      Last classes on December 20, resuming on January 8
      Last classes on December 21, resuming on January 9

Aikido for Children and Teens
Ages 6 - 18
Start anytime!

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Aikido Summer Camp for Kids Ages 6 - 12
August 7 - 11

Click here to see the camp flyer.
Click here to register online for the camp.

Thank you so much to all the generous donors who made our 2015 Building Repair Fundraising Campaign a huge success!

Abe Kleinfeld, Alex Gologorsky, Aline Meris, Anders Svensson, Andrea Schneider, Andrew Wagner, Antonio Long, Arthur Jones. Barbara Brown, Belle Woskow, Benedikt Strebel, Bobby Henderson, Brock Lawrie, Bruce Donehower, Byron McGaha, Cheryl Moreno, Claire Conway, Craig Rieser, Craig O'Connor, Damon Gonzalez, Daniel Mays, Daniel Messisco, Daniel Palacios, David Gross, David Katz, Dean, Diana Berchtold, Don Monkerud, Drew Barber, Dru Delmonico, Elana Sifry, Elena DeLaVega, Eryll Rose, Eugene Kramer, Gabriel Williams, Gemma Depolo, Geoff Nix, George Berkeley, George Hutchinson, Glen Kimoto, Harry Concepcion, Heidrun Stachowski, Jack Wada, James Maughn, Jeanne & David Sofen, Jeff Reed, Jeff Zerger, Jeremy Wheeler, Jessica Kumar Ratcliff, Jim Watkins, Joe Alaniz, Joel Evleshin, Johan Dowdy, John Franklin Blackmer Sera, John Gallagher, John Kehayias Jon Loewy, Julia Harris, Juliano Calil, Justin Delemus, Karen Nieuwland, Karen Williams, Kimberly Woodland, Larry Colen, Laura Claire Sera, Leila Salomone, Leslie Peters, Lichen Brown, Linda Fortino, Linda Holiday, Lou Pollack, Louise Alaniz, Luke Dahl, Lynne Una, Mary Killian, Marco Guidetti, Mark MacDougall, Mark Zwagerman, Martha Oyog, Mary Heiny, Mary Layman, Mary Tesoro, Michael Fitzpatrick, MJ Graphenteen, Molly Sacco Hale, Neil Mick, Nicola Astley, Noel Tendick, Ola Karasik, Paul Verba, Peter Goldsmith, Ricardo Jenez, Richard Farkas, Riddle Kaufman, Rigel Night, Robert Summers, Robert Wurfer, Ron Chestnut, Ron Zaidman, Roxana Goin, San Crabtree, Sara-Larus Tolley, Scott Santarpio, Sharon Seymour, Simone Wedell, Sonja Anderson, Stephanie Barbour, Stephanie Mulholland, Tycho Speaker, Ursi Barshi, Vivian Gratton


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