Seattle Aikikai is associated with Aikikai
Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan, through Shimbokukai.
Chief Instructor is Darren McKee Sensei, who began his Aikido training in 1980. He has
Aikido since 1982, when he was asked to take over responsibility for
the Cal Poly Pomona Aikido Club. Subsequently, he has taught
regular classes at many dojo around the country (including Los Angeles,
Boulder, Mill Valley,
Kirkland, and even Kalamazoo). He is currently Godan (fifth degree
black belt) in Aikido, and Nidan (second degree black belt) in
Iaido. He has trained directly under
Shihan and Mitsugi Saotome Shihan for
many years, in
addition to many other Shihan and Sensei from
around the world, most notably, Shoji Nishio Shihan.
conducted in the best tradition of a traditional Japanese
dojo and therefore becomes an excellent
to Japanese culture.
How to join
Come to the dojo and fill out a registration and release form.
With that, and your membership fee, you're ready to go.
If you do not yet have a dogi (training
uniform), be sure to wear loose fitting clothes, like sweat pants and a
t-shirt. No shorts though; your knees need to be covered.
The classes are ongoing, so you
can start right now. They cover the basic exercises and
techniques, rolling and falling, etc. all the way up through advanced
The student should also acquire a Bokken
(wooden sword) and a Jo (wooden staff) for
You are always welcome to stop by the dojo
to watch class, or have any questions answered.