Aikido is a modern Japanese martial arts training that focuses on the power of body movements and momentum. Rather than punches and kicks, students learn blocking, rolling, locking, and throwing movements to control the force of an opponent. It’s a great way for children and teens to gain confidence, practice focus and concentration, and learn non-violent strategies for self-defense.
Fall Session 1: September 11 - October 23
Registration closes after first day.
Fall Session 2: October 30 - December 18
Registration closes after first day. No class November 27.
- Level 1 (ages 7 and under), Friday 6:30-7:00 p.m.
- Level 2 (ages 8-10), Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Level 3 (ages 11+), Friday 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Uniforms are required and are available for purchase for $35 on the first day of class. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a release form for all youth classes.
Cost (per session)
- Level 1 $49
- Level 2 $56
- Level 3 $63
Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.
About the Instructor
Mark Campbell-Olszewski is the coordinator of the Aikido program at Michigan Tech. He has studied Aikido under Mitsugi Saotome Sensei for 26 years and holds the rank of 4th degree black belt. He received his master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1983. Mark considers Aikido a perfect blend of his two passions—martial art and psychology—and considers himself privileged to teach these principles to community children and adults.
The Aikido program at Michigan Tech is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) an international organization under the umbrella of the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters.