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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Here is a list of numerous special events at Aikido of Santa Cruz in the next months.
We hope you will mark your calendars and participate when possible!
Please remember, there may be unavoidable changes in schedule, and double check before an event.

JOIN NOW! Beginning Classes at Aikido of Santa Cruz

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!

January 20 - 26
Sunday - Saturday
Kangeiko Winter Intensive!

An annual tradition, this is a one-week special practice for the whole dojo, and we welcome visitors from other dojos as well. Train as much as possible for 7 days! In addition to our regular daily schedule of classes, we offer special early morning classes 6:30-7:30 am each day (for Adults & Teens). There is a Kids’ Kangeiko as well, with classes available for kids every day. Kangeiko finishes with 3 classes on Saturday: 6:30 am, 9:00 am, and the All Ages Class at 10:30-12:00 pm. Closing ceremony, raffle, and potluck celebration on the last day (Saturday, 12:00). For more information click below, or on the KANGEIKO button on the home page.

Raffle tickets are on sale now! Click to buy online, or in person at the dojo during Kangeiko.

More information here
Flier available here
Visitors: pay Kangeiko fees here

February 3 Free Qi Gong / Aikido / Yoga Workshop at ASC

Sunday, 1:00 - 4:15 pm
Please invite your friends and join us for this special workshop and "Grow the Dojo" event, where we will be exploring the similarities between these arts. Pre-registration Required! To register, please email

1:00 - 1:50 Qi Gong with Nick Loffree
2:00 - 2:50 Aikido with Linda Holiday
3:00 - 3:50 Yoga with Puja Chance
3:50 - 4:15 Q&A, Small Group Discussions, Closing Circle

Flier available here

February 8 & 9 Two-day Special Seminar with Mary Heiny Sensei, 7th dan (Seattle)

Mary Heiny Sensei is one of the most experienced instructors in the US, with an eloquent, enlivening, accessible teaching style. All levels welcome.

Friday class 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday classes 10:30am - 12:30pm & 2:30 - 4:30pm.

$75 whole seminar, $50 Saturday, $30 one class.
Early Bird Discounts for ASC Students: pay by Wednesday, March 6 and take $5 off per class.
Flier available here

February 21 Kyu Exams

7:00 - 8:30*pm: First a short class, then exams

*Note the usual class ending time of 8:30pm may be extended, depending on the number of exams.

Febrary 23 - 24 California Aikido Association Bi-Annual Friendship Training Weekend

ASC is a member dojo of the CAA, Division Two (headed by Michael Friedl Sensei, 7th dan). All ASC students are invited to participate.

Saturday: Division 2 Training at Aikido West, Redwood City
10:00 am - noon and 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Full Day $40; Half Day $25. For more information please email to:

Sunday: CAA Training and Meeting, Aikido of San Jose
10:00 am - noon class, then lunch and meeting
For more information please email to:

March 2 Introduction to Japanese Brush Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, 2:00 - 4:30 pm.
Taught by Linda Holiday Sensei. Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) is an ancient practice of beauty and deep meaning. Like Aikido, it develops focus, awareness, center, breath, and flow. The dojo will provide brushes, ink, and paper.

$10 Materials fee
In addition, make a donation to the dojo for the workshop, suggested range $10-20. All of the funds will go directly to support our dojo!
Preregistration is REQUIRED as space is limited. To register please email:

March 9 Annual Women's Aikido Seminar

Saturday, 9:15 am - 4:30 pm
This all-day seminar draws together women Aikidoists from many dojos and all levels to enjoy and strengthen their practice together. Seminar Theme: “CHANGE: Inner and Outer”

Co-taught by Linda Holiday (6th dan, chief instructor, Aikido of Santa Cruz), Penny Sablove (5th dan, chief instructor, Heart of San Francisco Aikido), and Special Guest Joanne Veneziano (6th dan, chief instructor, Emerald City Aikido, Seattle)

Online Registration is open now!
You are also welcome to send or bring a check (or cash) to Aikido of Santa Cruz, 306 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Flier available here.

March 10 Special Class with guest instructor Joanne Veneziano Sensei, 6th dan

Sunday, 10:30 am - noon
Joanne Veneziano Sensei began her Aikido training in 1976. She has been chief instructor of Emerald City Aikido since 1991. Her teaching style combines warmth and humor with serious physical practice. Joanne Sensei takes to heart O Sensei's teaching and applies the art of peace with joy and vigor. Welcome Joanne Sensei back to Santa Cruz!

Training fee $25
Early Bird discounted fee for ASC Students who pay by Thursday, March 7: only $20
Special discounted fee for attendees of the Women’s Seminar (the previous day): $15.
Flier available here.

July 10 - 14 Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat

A five-day intensive for Aikidoists from all dojos. Co-taught by Mary Heiny Sensei, 7th dan and Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th dan, with guest instructors TBA.

Save the dates! Online info and registration will open soon.

September 6 - 8 Weekend seminar with Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, Grandson of the founder of Aikido

This rare seminar is hosted by the California Aikido Association (ASC is a member).
Info & registration here Early bird discount ends January 31.

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