Identity + History
Beyond a Training Hall
Externally, the Aikido dojo is the training hall and mat where practice and instruction take place. Out of respect for our teachers, our training, and ourselves, we bow when entering the dojo space.
There is also an internal aikido dojo, one that exists within us, that can become a personal sanctuary and source of strength and wisdom as we meet the challenges that arise in our daily lives.
Non Profit Aikido School
Bay Marin Aikido is a non-profit school headed by Hans Goto, 7th degree Black Belt with over 40 years experience. Students may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no hard sells, long term memberships, contracts, nor hidden costs. Students also enjoy free access to the dojo library and video collection.
The teaching style at Bay Marin Aikido is friendly and relaxed. Since Aikido stresses harmony and non-violence, there are no competitions, tournaments, or full contact sparring.
Following Morihiro Saito Shihan's Teachings
Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba, called O-Sensei (great teacher). He was the most gifted martial artist of his time. Morihiro Saito Shihan was one of O-Sensei’s closest disciples, studying with him for 23 years. Upon O-Sensei’s death in 1969, Saito Sensei developed a systematic, integrated and repeatable method of teaching the Founder’s Aikido. Bay Marin’s Sensei, Hans Goto, studied with Saito, preserving Aikido’s roots. He teaches The Founder’s techniques, the locks and throws taught on a daily basis at the Iwama Dojo, as well as aiki-ken (wooden sword) and aiki-jo (wooden staff).