Aikido of Rockford is affiliated with Capital Aikikai, which is led by Clyde Takeguchi (Shihan, 7th Dan). Our Sensei, Justin Ramza, is a Sandan (third degree black belt) who has also studied other styles of Aikido, Aiki-Jujutsu, and Shotokan Karate.
We consider ourselves to be more of a "club" than a "dojo," so we're a more laid back group. Our attire is informal. Since we're throwing each other around and rolling all over the floor, looser clothing, however, is a must. If you don't have a gi, you are welcome to wear sweats.
We offer several classes throughout the week.
Saturday: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Our monthly fee is $40, or $100 for 3 months. These dues cover the club's costs (heat, water in spring/summer/fall, electricity, federation dues, insurance, travel to seminars); they do not cover instruction; instruction is free. We do not work on a "contract" basis (like many dojos). People should be free to participate as much as they can and to the extent to which they are inclined; there are no obligations.