Upcoming Event!

Kintsugi: Finding Beauty in the Broken

Kintsugi is the art of using gold to repair a broken piece of pottery. It takes an object usually discarded and turns it into something uniquely beautiful and strong. Kintsugi starts with the acceptance of imperfection, impermanence and appreciation of the history of an object. The result—transformation. In Aikido, we also engage in the transformation of ourselves. We will explore how the process of Kintsugi can be used in our training to improve and enhance our aikido and our being.

Virtual Seminar!

Mary Heiny Sensei, 7th dan

On Saturday, September 19, Aikido at the Center will host Mary Heiny Sensei in a Virtual Seminar!

To register and pay, please go to our EVENTS page. 

To download a PDF of the flyer, click HERE

Aikido at the Center is temporarily suspending physical classes in order to practice social distancing and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We will keep you posted.

We are offering virtual classes. If you’d like to schedule a free trial class or if you’d like to try low impact aikido, please send us an email at aikidoatthecentertucson@gmail.com

Current hours:
Kids classes
Saturday: 10:00-11:30
Mon: 4:30-5:15
Wed: 4:30-5:15
Mon: 5:30-6:30
Wed: 5:30-6:30

"Heaven is right where you are standing and that is the place to train." ~O'Sensei

Offering a Traditional Path to Martial Arts

AikidoKids! in action!

Members of our AikidoKids! program performing at a talent show. They are demonstrating the 31 Jo Kata. We at Aikido at the Center couldn’t be more proud of them! 

What you get at Aikido at the Center

  • A multi-generational, family-like community
  • committed to empowering and developing students
  • Friendly, non-competitive environment
  • Trained, patient instructors
  • Skills to resolve conflict peacefully
  • All offered through the traditional practice of Aikido

News and Upcoming Events


We are so unhappy to tell you all that Heiney Sensei’s seminar in Tucson this month has been postponed.
Concern for the increased risk to those traveling to Tucson, our elder Aikidoka, and Sensei herself, have resulted in this decision.   We were particularly looking forward to Sensei’s teaching regarding kintsugi!
We are saying ‘postpone’ rather than ‘cancel’ to bring a measure of hope in this year of crisis and opportunity.  Something to look forward to.


One of our Aikido at the Center students has published a book - a collection of essays, blog posts, poems, and a short story about her Aikido practice.

Aikido: My Path of Self-Discovery by Kim Barton

Buy it on Amazon



  • Physical activity for after school
  • Fun
  • Anti-bullying strategies
  • Leadership skills
  • Emotional as well as physical control
  • Skills to resolve conflict peacefully
  • Coordination, confidence, poise and discipline
  • Unplug from technology

Adult Program

  • Peaceful, collaborative environment – come in stressed; leave happy, centered and balanced
  • Challenge – Aikido is practiced, not mastered
  • Supportive community – connect with others and learn connection with others
  • Safe space – face and conquer insecurities and fears and become grounded, calm and confident

What Our Students Have to Say...

This a great dojo. The instructor is a sixth degree black belt with a lifetime of experience. There are classes for every level of practice from beginner to advanced black belt. Weapons training is integral to the Iwama style aikido taught here. A very friendly and welcoming place. Give it a try, you will be rewarded with a great experience.
Jeffrey Wilson
Airline Pilot
This is a terrific dojo for the entire family. Both children and adults will find an incredible supportive environment in which all can grow and expand their practice and understanding of traditional Aikido, the Way of Harmony.
Cristina W.
I came to Aikido at the Center after 8 years of practice in another style of Aikido across the country. I was originally drawn to this dojo by the wealth of knowledge and skill of the Sensei, their vibrant kids program (the future of a strong dojo), and a welcoming environment. I have been deeply touched by the number of students at all levels that have helped me learn this new style and grow in my Aikido practice. This is my Tucson dojo family.
Scott Carlson
Business Coach
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