Learn Traditional Aikido In Volusia County
Adults & Youth (12 Years and older): Try 2 Free Classes To See If Aikido Training Is Right For You
Aikido training is a great way to stay healthy and fit, while having fun at the same time.
Learn Self Defense
Traditional training is stressed in all classes, but is combined with practical defense application.
Aikido practice can provide you with more focus and improved confidence in all areas of your life.
Most Aikido practitioners report a decrease in stress levels and an increase in overall well-being.
Aikido, “The Way of Harmony” is a martial art developed in the early 1900’s by Morihei Ueshiba, known as “O Sensei” (Great Teacher). O Sensei combined traditional weapons and various grappling arts to form Aikido.
Upon closer examination, practitioners will find from Aikido what they are looking for, whether it is applicable self-defense technique, spiritual development, physical health, or peace of mind. O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. “The Way of Harmony of the Spirit” is one way that “Aikido” may be translated into English. Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art. Traditional training is stressed in all classes, but is combined with practical application. Come and learn true “Budo”.
About Our Chief Instructor
Tom Walsh Sensei // Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt)
Tom Walsh Sensei studied aikido consistently for over 30 years and instructing for 25 years. He began his study of Aikido in 1991. Walsh Sensei trained many years under the late Robert Kubo Shihan and received his Rokudan (6th degree) in 2021 via Kagami Biraki by recommendation from Thomas Kaulukukui, Shichidan (7th degree).
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there age restrictions?
For youth, we recommend age 12 or older. However, we occasionally allow younger children to try a class to see if it will work out. There are no age restrictions for adults.
Is Aikido good for self-defense?
Absolutely! Aikido is a purely defensive martial art. It is a Budo (martial way) rather than Bujutsu, which is a purely combat art. Our dojo strictly adheres to the traditional Budo code, while still exploring practical defensive application of the art. We also occasionally offer self-defense classes where we expand beyond the traditional Aikido curriculum.
What is your affiliation?
Our dojo is affiliated with Aikido of Hawaii International (AHI), which is now headed by Thomas Walsh Sensei, Rokudan. Aikido of Hawaii International is affiliated with The Aikikai Foundation Aikido World Headquarters in Japan.
What are the monthly dues?
The monthly dues are $125 and there is a one time signup fee of $25. There are no contracts, and we highly encourage taking at least one free class before deciding to make Aikido Of Volusia your home.
What should I know for my first class?
We love having new students join us, so you can expect a very warm welcome. Please contact us to let us know you're coming and plan on arriving about 15 minutes before class so we can take you through a brief welcome orientation. Dress comfortably in anything you can move well in or don't mind getting sweaty.
What if I have injuries or limitations?
We can work around most limitations, disabilities and injuries. Please contact us and let us know your specific situation so we can better advise how Aikido practice can be adapted to your needs and goals.