Aikido of Escondido Kaizenshinkan Dojo

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that is primarily defensive in nature. Visitors are welcome to drop by and watch a class anytime. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free class.


More Than Just A Martial Art

Be confident enough to challenge yourself.

Kaizenshinkan, the Dojo’s name, translates to “The Continual Improvement Minded Training Hall”. We strive to always improve our training and teaching methodologies. Founded in 1999, Kaizenshinkan Dojo has served thousands of students helping them to become more confident, disciplined and both physically and mentally fit. We look forward to training with you. See you soon.

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Kevin Kelleher

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho - Kaizenshinkan - Aikido of Escondido

The Art of Aikido
Aikido of Escondido Kaizenshinkan Dojo

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Aikido of Escondido Kaizenshinkan Dojo

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Why Choose Us

Training in Aikido provides the following benefits

Improved Fitness

Aikido involves a variety of movements that can help improve overall physical fitness, including strength, flexibility, and endurance. It also helps to develop better coordination and body awareness.

Stress Reduction

The fluid, flowing movements of aikido can be a great way to relieve stress and tension. The focus on breathing and mindfulness during training can also help to calm the mind and promote relaxation.

Increased Confidence

Aikido training can help to build confidence and self-esteem by providing a sense of accomplishment as students learn new techniques and progress in their training.

Self-Defense Skills

Training focuses on common attacks as well as multiple attack situations and weapons work. Students learn how to use an attacker's energy and momentum against them, rather than always relying on strength or aggression.

Improved Concentration

Aikido training requires concentration and focus in order to execute techniques correctly and effectively. This can help to improve focus and concentration in other areas of life as well.

Sense of Community

Aikido training is done in a group setting, which can help to build a sense of community and connection among students. This can provide a supportive and encouraging environment for personal growth and development.




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Frequently Asked Questions


Aikido is a Japanese martial art that was developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba. It is based on the principles of non-resistance and harmony, and emphasizes the use of the attacker’s momentum to control and neutralize an attack rather than using force to oppose it.
Aikido is generally considered to be an effective martial art for self-defense. It teaches practitioners how to use their body position, leverage, and timing to control an attacker and avoid injury. However, like any martial art, aikido requires consistent training and practice to develop the necessary skills and techniques.
Aikido is suitable for people of all ages, as it emphasizes the use of technique rather than physical strength. Our adult classes range from 15 years old to 65+.
For most aikido classes, practitioners wear a traditional uniform called a “gi,” which consists of a loose-fitting jacket and pants. It is also common to wear a belt, or “obi,” to indicate rank. When starting you can wear sweats or workout clothes until you get a gi.
The length of time it takes to earn a black belt in aikido varies depending on the individual’s dedication and training frequency. Some practitioners may earn their black belt in as little as five years, while others may take longer. In general, it is more important to focus on developing one’s skills and understanding of the art rather than rushing to achieve a certain rank.

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