Aikido – Jyushinkan Dojo

Aikido of Northern Utah

“Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit – love.”

Morihei Ueshiba


For adult aikido students who have been vaccinated for Covid-19, aikido classes will return as of April 17, 2021. Classes for youth and children (students under 16) remain suspended for now.

Saturdays: 1:00 pm (adults all levels)
Tues/Thurs: 6:30 pm (adults all levels)

Beginners welcome!

For the time being, adults-only classes will be held outside the Whittier Center in good weather, indoors when necessary. Classes will emphasize (wooden) weapons in non-contact practice.  In accord with CDC guidelines for vaccinated adults in small groups, we will not require masks, but we will require participants (teachers and students) to be vaccinated for Covid-19.

The latest CDC research tells us that 14 days after the first vaccine shot, an adult is  80% unlikely to be able transmit the Covid virus, and after the second shot, 90% unlikely.  Therefore, Jyushinkan policy will be that adults may join classes 14 days after their first shot.

This policy is based on the aikido principle that we protect each other from harm. That’s why we also observe the best personal hygiene practices: keep hands, feet, and faces clean, wash hands frequently and sanitize, do not attend class if you are sick in any way.

As the nation gradually reaches herd immunity against Covid-19, we will adjust our practice and return to normal full-contact aikido.

To be added to our email list, write to Sims Sensei at

In the meantime, please observe the Utah governor’s health emergency order regarding face-covering, social distancing, and personal hygiene. And we hope to see you on the mat again soon.

Aikido of Northern Utah

Founded in 1993 by Dr. Ronald Sims, 6th degree black belt (rokudan), the Jyushinkan Aikido Dojo sponsors weekly classes for adults, youth, and children. Jyushinkan is certified by the Aikido Association of America (AAA) and carries on the tradition of its founder Fumio Toyoda Shihan, as instructed by Tatsuo Toyoda, AAA President and Chief Instructor, and James Nakayama Shihandai, Shibucho (leader) of the AAA’s Western Region. 

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a peaceful discipline of self-defense and personal development. Accordingly, aikido focuses on harmonizing with your opponent to bring peaceful resolutions to situations involving conflict. Training includes stretching, instruction in safe rolling and falling, joint-lock and throwing techniques, wooden sword and staff techniques, as well as breathing and meditation exercises.

Aikido practice can be vigorous and emphasizes long-term development of both mind and body. It is suitable for men, women and children of all ages, as the techniques do not rely solely on strength, but rather develop one’s ability to use an attacker’s balance and energy to create a defense. Families are welcome to train together!