Aikido of Ashland, KY

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Welcome to the Aikido of Ashland, KY Website

Aikido of Ashland, KY is a member of                  Aikido Shimbokukai, affiliated with the       Aikikai Foundation and Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

It was founded by Ariff Mehter Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan, as KYOWVA Aikikai in 1980. Mehter Sensei is now located in Northern Kentucky, and is a member of Aikido of Cincinnati.               Aikido of Ashland, KY is now under the direction of Tom Berry Sensei, 6th Dan, Shidoin.

We are a small dojo, in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, dedicated to the universal principles of the way of Aikido.


Aikido was developed by a man named Morihei Ueshiba. People in the Aikido community refer to Ueshiba as O Sensei, which means Great Teacher. O Sensei trained in many traditional Japanese martial arts. He was also a very spiritual person. It was from this perhaps strange combination that O Sensei developed the art of Aikido. Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that uses circular motion and blending to control agression. The goal of Aikido is to bring about harmony. Aikido, although an effective means of self-defense, is not just about fighting with other people. It is a means of self-discipline, and a way that strives to bring peace and understanding into our spiritual and physical worlds. Aikido utilizes throwing, joint locking, and pinning techniques. Aikido classes are open to children age 12 through adult.




Morihei Ueshiba "O Sensei"