A Brief History

Los Angeles Aiki Kai founded in early 1956 is the oldest Aikido dojo established on the United States mainland. 

The original dojo was located in the "Seinan" (Jefferson Crenshaw) area of Los Angeles and relocated to its current location in Los Angeles, bordering Culver City, in 1967.

We are the home of Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu in the United States under the direction of Cognard André Hanshi 8th Dan DNBK. 

Our chief instructor is Ishibashi Robert Shihan, 6th Dan.

Our Mission

"To foster the history and practice of aikido through the lineage of Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu." 

"No domination, No submission, No compromise."

"Straight, forward and up."



Mizukami Dojo


The Mizukami Dojo is named in honor of Chief Instructor Mizukami Daniel Sensei who's dedication and passion for Aikido and the students of Los Angeles Aiki Kai spanned more than 55 years. 


Mizukami Sensei’s martial spirit and rigorous training sessions continue as the foundation of our practice.

Aikido Image

The “Aikido Image” was designed in early 1961 by Los Angeles Aiki Kai Chief Instructor Yoshida Clement Sensei and is intended to represent, in a simple visual signal, the basic concepts of Aikido.

Graphically, the image consists of three black crescent shapes arranged to form a triangle on a white circle enclosed by a golden ring.

The three black crescents represent the Body, Heaven and Earth.

The white circle represents the Mind or Ki.

Both the triangle and circle are important forms in applying Aikido technique (i.e. triangular posture and circular movement).

Black symbolizes the infinite capacity of man.

White stands for purity of the Aikido ideal.

Gold signifies the “Golden Vapor” that enveloped Osensei at the moment of enlightenment, realizing the Aikido philosophy.