Information for Prospective Students


The University of Iowa Aikikai is associated with the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo through its affliations with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF).

Joining the UI Aikikai

All participants must be at least 12 years old. People interested in trying aikido before joining the club may attend any beginner classes for a period of two weeks (see class schedule).

Membership dues are $60 per semester for students and $80 a semester for non-students. Members who wish to test must join the United States Aikido Federation. The annual USAF fee is $35.

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Teaching Staff

The head instructor is Diana Harris, godan. Scott Shaw, sandan; Ivar Christopher, Charles Cunningham, and Maureen Robertson, nidan; Dan Crawford, Lisa Martincik, and Mark Shanahan, shodan, are also instructors.


Students who are also members of the USAF may accumulate days toward testing at various rank levels. Students wishing to test must have practiced the specified days for the desired rank and show proficiency appropriate to the rank. 

Students can test at local seminars taught by an instructor of appropriate rank, as well as at seminars in USAF-affiliated dojo.

New Student Guide

Other Iowa Aikido Dojo City Contact Person Contact Info
  Des Moines Rich Mintz  4040 Plainview Dr. 
 Des Moines, Iowa 50313  

 Send e-mail to Rich

Fairfield Motier Haskins, John Strouss  515/472-8582

 Send e-mail to John

 Fairfield Aikikai School of Aikido

Grinnell Charles Cunningham  Send e-mail to Charles 

 Aikido at Grinnell College


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