We are an Aikido dojo located at 410 W. 16th St. in Idaho Falls, Idaho. We are affiliated with the California Aikido Association which in turn is affiliated with Hombu Dojo, Aikido Headquarters, in Tokyo, Japan.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido, What Is It?

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to as 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'). On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

The Class

Aikido classes are taught by Mike Cardwell chief instuctor, a nidan (2nd degree blackbelt) and Melissa Gamble (nidan) under the direction of Sensei Frank Roberto, a yondan (4th degree black belt), twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. The class is located at 410 W. 16th St. where we share studio space with the Idaho Falls School of Ballet (IFSB) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. You'll find the fees to be extremely reasonable and less expensive than just about any other martial art in the area. The current Aikido instruction fee is $50 per month.

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Snake River Aikido
410 W. 16th St.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208)557-4017
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When Should I Start? What Do I Need?


Aikido classes run year round and you may start at any time. We encourage you to stop by and observe the class. You may participate if you have a gi or wear loose, comfortable clothing, like sweats. It might be a good idea to read up on our Dojo Etiquette.