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 youth and adult aikido students who are fully vaccinated for Covid-19, aikido classes have returned. Classes for children under 12 years old remain suspended for now.

Tues/Thur:   6:30 – 8:00 pm (adults all levels)
Friday:   4:00 – 5:00 pm (seniors noncombat)
Saturday:   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (youth 12 and older)
1:00 – 2:00 pm (adult beginner)
2:00 – 3:00 pm (adult intermediate/advanced)

Beginners welcome!  Classes emphasize basic aikido movement principles and aikido self-defense techniques appropriate to the level of participants. This will sometimes include training with (wooden) weapons.

Covid-19 Policy

Jyushinkan policy is that Covid-vaccinated youth and adults may attend classes 14 days after their final vaccine shot. In accord with CDC guidelines for Covid-vaccinated adults, masks will not be required.

CDC research tells us that 14 days after the final vaccine shot, an adult is at least 90% unlikely to transmit the Covid virus or to become severely infected.

However,  an unvaccinated person—even if they have no symptoms—actually can transmit the virus to another unvaccinated person.

Our policy that all students must be vaccinated is based on the aikido principle that we always protect each other from harm.

That is also why we observe the best personal hygiene practices: Keep hands, feet, and faces clean; wash hands frequently and sanitize; and do not attend class if you are sick in any way.

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!