A Brief History

Founded in 1956, the Los Angeles Aiki Kai is the first 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 under the direction and guidance of Master André Cognard Hanshi, 8th Dan. 

Our Chief Instructor is Robert Ishibashi Shihan, 6th Dan.

Our Mission

"To foster the true history and teaching of Osensei’s Aikido through the lineage of Kobayashi Ryu and Los Angeles Aiki Kai." 

"No domination, No submission, No compromise."

"Straight, forward and up."



Mizukami Dojo


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

Training is open for any and all who practice Aikido.

Aikido Image

The “Aikido Image” was designed in early 1961 by Los Angeles Aiki Kai Chief Instructor Clement Yoshida 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.