Austin Aikikai

Austin Aikikai

Austin Aikikai is a traditional dojo providing training in a community focused on helping members de Jamsek Sensei has also studied Western fencing.

Damir Jamsek Sensei is the head instructor at Austin Akikikai. He is a rokudan (sixth degree blackbelt) and shidoin (certified instructor), in aikido and a student of Yamada Sensei, chairman of the United States Aikido Federation. Jamsek Sensei has studied aikido since 1984 and has also trained in aikido under Akira Tohei Sensei and instructors from the aikido headquarters in Tokyo. Before beginni

Sad Announcement Regarding Yamada Sensei 16/01/2023

Sad Announcement Regarding Yamada Sensei Dear Aikido Community, It is with a heavy heart that we share the following announcement from New York Aikikai regarding the passing of our beloved teacher, Yamada Sensei. We will be in touch with more information as it becomes available. The USAF It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing...


Holiday Message from Yamada Sensei


We are moving! Contact info@austinaikikai for location and updated schedule information.

A message from Yamada Sensei 17/02/2022

Happy Birthday, Yamada Sensei!

A message from Yamada Sensei Dear Members, Today is my 84 year - old birthday and I have received so many wonderful words from all over the world. I’m so happy and thank you so much. I promise you to do my best to stay healthy and young. Thank you very much. Y. Yamada


Hiroshi Tada rocks the house!

More from Tada Sensei on the Aikido Sangenkai blog:

Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada – Speaking of The Founder

Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada: The Day I Entered Ueshiba Dojo

Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada – the Yachimata Lecture, Part 1


For our friends in San Antonio.

It's Giving Tuesday!!! Consider a donation to the Alamo Area Aikikai! We are a 501c3 nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible and will provide much needed funding for operations while we navigate our reopening. Thank you for your support!


The seminar at AoD has been moved from January to April 2-3.


Save the date! San Francisco Aikikai's 30th Anniversary Celebration Seminar will be May 6-8, 2022!
More details to come


Weapons Workshop this Saturday!

Here's a message from Damir Sensei about the event.

Open to all, this Saturday we will have a mini-workshop. Content will focus on aikido sword, using bokken (wooden swords).

10:30 - 11:30 - Basics of solo practice
(Suburi and 8 movement sword form)

11:45 - 12:45 - Basics of partner practice
(8 of the 12 partnered movements)

This is open to all Austin Aikikai members, shinkage members, and visitors. The first hour will introduce basics and, even for experienced practitioners, will offer a chance for correction and improvement. The second hour will present what I expect all dojo members to learn.

Two important points.

1. Some of you have been missing practice during the covid time
This can be a chance to restart or reinvigorate your practice.

2. This is a fund-raising event with no fixed fee but any level of contribution is appreciated. There will be some suggested levels forthcoming.

Take care and see you this weekend,


We are building back after a long absence for many of us, which means that all of our classes are very beginner-friendly and small right now. So if you've ever considered taking up aikido, now is a great time to start!

Email [email protected] with any questions.

Photo by Kate Wurtzel


Weapons Workshop

Save the date! On November 20th Austin Aikikai will host a weapons workshop from 10:30 am to around 1 pm (with a break in the middle). This is a great chance to get off the couch, jump-start your practice, and connect with old friends. Maybe even lunch afterward. Hope to see you there!

This is a fundraising and community-building event with suggested donations of $30-$75.

Email [email protected] with questions.

Photo by Kate Wurtzel

Photos from Aikikai Foundation 公益財団法人合気会's post 02/11/2021

After careful consideration of our situation in light of all of the consequences of COVID-19, we have decided not to work with AISD to offer classes for PE credit in the Spring semester. This was a hard decision for us because we believe in the value of aikido for young men and women and we will reexamine this again in May for the Fall semester.


“There are often those who fancy themselves great by virtually knocking their partners down flat on the mat. Their concept of hard training is utterly wrong.
The essence of real training lies in the throwing process. When let loose mercilessly, Aikido techniques do not allow Ukemi (defensive rolls and somersaults).
It therefore behooves you to throw your partner in such a manner that he can respond with Ukemi without fear of injury. The purpose of Aikido training is to build up strength, not to inflict injury.”

-Morihiro Saito Shihan, 9th Dan
AIKIDO Volume 5: Training works Wonders. Pages 36, 41.


Due to scheduling conflicts, this evening's class is cancelled.


We are sad to announce that Florida Winter Camp 2021 is postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.

We look forward to inviting you back to train with us soon.

Morihiro Saito Sensei and Kayla Feder Sensei in Switzerland (1988) 06/08/2021

Morihiro Saito Sensei and Kayla Feder Sensei in Switzerland (1988) Morihiro Saito Sensei in Fiesch, Switzerland in 1988. Uke: Kayla Feder, 6th Dan (Dojo-cho of Aikido of Berkeley)


Can't wait until we can train together again but keeping each other well and healthy is the right thing to do.

We are are postponing our August 28-29 seminar with Claude Berthiaume because of the recent Covid surge. We hope to reschedule sometime in the fall. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you on the mat soon.

1985 MAC 10th Anniversary Class 11 A Tohei Last Class 02/07/2021

1985 MAC 10th Anniversary Class 11 A Tohei Last Class 1985 Midwest Aikido Center 10th. Anniversary Class taught by Shihan Akira Tohei.


It’s Happening! Sensei Claude Berthiaume is coming back to Florida! Please join us!!

Tohei Shihan AOA 94 Kokyunage 2Ways 2nd 30/06/2021

Tohei Shihan AOA 94 Kokyunage 2Ways 2nd Akira Tohei Shihan ay Aikido of Austin in 1994.* Ai hanmi Katatetori Kokyunage o/u - 2 Ways.Special Thanks: Dan Palmer Sensei (Videographer)

Akira Tohei Aikido, Berkeley 1977 - Part 1 30/06/2021

Akira Tohei Aikido, Berkeley 1977 - Part 1 Excerpt from seminar in Berkeley, CA in December of 1977.


We would like to share the information provided by the Waite family regarding the funeral services for Donovan Waite Sensei. We send our deepest condolences to his family and the aikido community. He will be greatly missed.

Shop - Martial Arts on Rails 23/01/2021

We are excited to announce our new Austin Aikikai shop!

We have shirts, mugs, bags, prints, and lots of other cool items with a large variety of designs.

We also have original calligraphy available for purchase.

A portion of proceeds from the shop benefit the dojo, so not only will you be able to purchase awesome artwork but also support our continued practice!

Shop - Martial Arts on Rails

It's almost that time! Jan 23! The USAF Aikido Online Class! 18/01/2021

It's almost that time! Jan 23! The USAF Aikido Online Class! Spread the word! Dear Aikidoka, We are excited to invite you to the launch of our 2021 adult's classes in the USAF Aikido Online Series. This will take place on Saturday, January 23 at 1 pm EDT (12 p

公益財団法人 合気会 令和3年鏡開き式 Aikikai Foundation Kagamibiraki 2021 03/01/2021

公益財団法人 合気会 令和3年鏡開き式 Aikikai Foundation Kagamibiraki 2021 この動画は公益財団法人 合気会 令和3年鏡開き式の中継映像を公開するものです。当日、合気道本部道場にお越しいただき参加することはできません。This livestream is of the Aikikai Foundation Aikido World Headquarters’ 2021 Kagamibira...



Opening Hours

Monday 18:00 - 19:00
19:15 - 20:15
Tuesday 18:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 18:00 - 19:00
Thursday 18:00 - 19:00
Friday 18:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:30 - 12:00