Aikido is a Japanese martial art for self-defense.

Movements blend with an opponent's momentum.

Kokikai develops a strong Ki foundation for movement.



Our dojo was founded at the direction of Aikido Kokikai founder and living master, Shuji Maruyama Sensei. It is the Rhode Island branch of Aikido Kokikai International (


Our dojo lineage is very simple and clean: Our chief instructor Otto Sensei is a direct student of Maruyama Sensei; Maruyama Sensei was one of the last students of O Sensei, the founder of the art of Aikido. 


Otto Sensei was previously a chief instructor of Aikido Kokikai in San Francisco. He also runs the Brown University Aikido program.




 Otto Sensei & Aikido Kokikai Founder

Elements of Training 

There are five core elements to Kokikai training.

  • Empty-hand defense
  • Weapons practice
  • Ki development 
  • Ki breathing
  • Kiatsu
'Ki' can be loosely understood here as a comfortable, powerful coordination of mind and body. 

Principles of Kokikai 

To develop a solid foundation for Aikido we practice Kokikai (Ki) principles:


  • Keep One Point
  • Relax Progressively
  • Correct Posture
  • Develop Positive Mind


These same principles apply in daily life.


Class Structure

  • Warm Ups (stretching exercises)
  • Aiki Taiso (Ki exercises)
  • Waza (self-defense techniques)

Class Schedule

Tuesday: 6:30 - 8PM (Dojo)

Tuesday: 8:30pm-10PM (Brown) 

Thursday: 6:30 - 8PM (Dojo) 

Saturday: Open/Advanced (Dojo)

Contact Us

We're not on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube...but even better you can watch a class and see if our Aikido dojo is right for you. Call/text (401-379-2454) or message: 

Our dojo is a non-profit organization. Dues are paid monthly (no contract). We are located on 20 Summer Street in Pawtucket, RI (4th floor). Ages 15 and up.

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Brown University Aikido

Brown Aikido is affiliated with Aikido Kokikai Rhode Island and Aikido Kokikai International. 


Classes are held at the Nelson Fitness Center. 


For more information  please send us a message via the "Contact  Us" page.