About Us

Founded in 1964 by Edward Hagihara, 8th Dan Shihan (Master Instructor), the Long Island Aikikai is one of the oldest martial art schools in the country;  with an over 50-year history of teaching the art of Aikido on Long Island, New York. Situated in a building dedicated to Asian studies, the Long Island Aikikai is the place to practice for those interested in training in a peaceful and friendly environment. We are directly affiliated with Hombu Dojo in Japan, which is headed by Moriteru Ueshiba, the current Doshu and grandson of O’Sensei.

Our aim is to spread the message of harmony as understood through the Asian arts. Known for its high level instruction, the LI Aikikai has trained countless students over the years, many of whom have gone on open their own schools on Long Island and elsewhere throughout the world. See a partial listing on our resources page.

At our Dojo, men, women, and children, of all ages, benefit from our high quality instruction, our robust class offerings, and a facility that is dedicated to personal improvement. Offering classes in both Aikido and Iaido, the Long Island Aikikai provides instruction for authentic martial arts enthusiasts.

Whether you are interested in self-defense or self improvement, the LI Aikikai is here to help your achieve your goals.

Being a one of the oldest dojo in the country, students benefit from our access to other internationally acclaimed instructors. Over the years, we have had the honor of hosting seminars with Yamada Sensei, Tohei Sensei, Chiba Sensei, Sugano Sensei, Waite Sensei, Konigsberg Sensei, Lerhman Sensei as well as many other high-ranking individuals. For more information regarding our upcoming seminars please take a look at our events page.