Welcome to Valley Aikido

Valley Aikido is a traditional martial arts dojo founded in 1985 with roots in the valley that date back to 1969. The art of Aikido was created in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba or Osensei who said "To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace." Valley Aikido is a member of the United States Aikido Federation through which we are affiliated with Aikido world headquarters in Japan. Practicing Aikido provides many benefits for body, mind, and spirit—from increased balance, flexibility and strength, to improved awareness, concentration, and self confidence. We welcome students age five and up and offer classes six days a week. Visit us at 15 Merrick Lane in Northampton Mass. and try your first class for free!

Class Schedule & Closings

Sun Feb 12: No class today due to inclement weather.

Upcoming Events


This Saturday, December 31, there will be special practice at Aikido dojos across the globe in the tradition of misogi. Misogi practice reflects a custom of ritual purification training and will allow Aikido students to train intensely and renew our commitment to Aikido, to our instructors, and to our dojo community. If you have never participated, it is a memorable experience and a great way to transition between calendar years. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us at Valley Aikido for this annual tradition.

The dojo will need to be cleaned prior to this event. Doors at Valley Aikido will open at 5pm on Saturday and we will clean for 1 hour. We will be done by 6 and then view the fireworks at 615 from the bridge over Main Street. The cleaning is as important as our on-the-mat practice, so I look forward to seeing everyone at 5.

The misogi training will be followed by a small potluck and time to socialize with our friends and families.

Thank you for your dedication to Valley Aikido and I am grateful to have this community to practice with. See you at 5! If you have any questions, please ask a senior student.

Beginner’s Specials

Beginners Series: $150 for 4 months. That’s one month free! Beginners series is 2 classes per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Semester Special: $195 for unlimited classes That’s a 25% savings! With valid student ID  

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