New England Aikikai is a Boston area martial arts center. We offer classes in Aikido and Iaido for women, men, and children.

Aikido loosely translates to “the way of harmony with the universe.” When studied in earnest, it is more than a science of tactics or self-defense; it is a discipline for perfecting the spirit. Iaido is the traditional martial art of swordsmanship as evolved from feudal Japan.


Kanai Sensei established New England Aikikai as a center for technical Aikido in 1966. He was one of the last uchi-deshi (apprentice students) of Moreihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. He studied intensively with O Sensei for over ten years. Kanai Sensei passed away in 2004. New England Aikikai continues to carry on in his spirit of training.

Aikido is for everyone. We welcome people of all ages and physical abilities. You don't need any previous martial arts training to join. Come try a free class with us on Saturdays from 11 - 12.30 pm. Wear comfortable, loose clothing that you can move in. 


New England Aikikai offers children's Aikido three times a week. Classes are taught in a safe, structured, and fun environment. 

2016 is the 50th anniversary of New England Aikikai. We marked the occasion with an Anniversary Seminar with guest instructor, Y. Yamada Shihan, Chief Instructor of New York Aikikai.