October Training Camp Info Now Available!!!!

[1Mark your calendars for two days of great instruction (October 2nd & 3rd) with Kashiwaya Sensei (8th Dan), right here in Frederick at a very affordable price.



Click on link below for info and registration.



New Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Documentary!!!!

The documentary features Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th Dan, head of the Midland Ki Federation of which we are a member.  Enjoy!!!


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Learn a Skill That Will Last a Lifetime. Beginners Always Welcome!!!

Pay us a visit and learn more about Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. It differs from many other styles of Aikido by demonstrating how the power of the mind influences the body and makes techniques more flowing and powerful. So practice is not only good for the body, but the mind as well.

Come and watch a class or take a free class. Ask plenty of questions. We have a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Aikido helps us live in harmony, not only with others, but ourselves, as we learn how thoughts and feelings affect our movements and our daily lives. The goal is not to harm others or gratify one’s ego.

Learn a skill that you can keep for a lifetime. Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to learn more. Feel free to write or call us to ask any questions. South Mountain Aikido is a member of the Midland Ki Federation of the Ki Society. Our Chief Instructor is Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th Dan. See the pictures from our October training camp in Frederick.

Our teaching philosophy:  “Spare no effort when you teach. You advance as your students advance. Do not be impatient when you teach. No one can learn everything well at one time. Perseverance is important in teaching, as are patience, kindness and the ability to put yourself in your students’ place.”Tohei Sensei.

South Mountain Aikido

500 West Patricxk Street

Phone: 301-514-3415
Website: www.southmountainaikido.com


Time to Give It a Try!!!!

 The time has come to take a free class or at least watch a class. Besides learning new skills, you’ll meet some great people. And it’s very affordable. Stop by and say hello. No obligation. Our students range in age from 13 to 71. Where do you fit in? Hope to see you soon!


Our article in Be Well magazine.

The 2013 Fall edition contains an article on aikido by Joe De Capua, head instructor at South Mountain. It’s a general overview of the martial art.

You can also read the article online at by clicking the link below.

Magazine article


New South Mountain T-Shirt!!!


Also comes in Sport Gray and Carolina Blue


Celebrating 10 Years of Aikido in Frederick!!! Thanks to All Those Who Made it Possible!!!

Come take a free class! Learn a new skill. Meet great people.You can also visit us on Facebook.


Cake from Grand Opening in 2004



Thanks To All Who Attended Training Camp!!!!!



Kokyunage Drill with Kashiwaya Sensei




Learning to throw with the jo or staff.


Kids’ Class Notice

South Mountain Aikido Children Classes will not be offered from Nov. 25, 2014 until March 7, 2015. Tom Mundell will be out of town during that time. Please contact Joe De Capua to find if your child is could be in the adult classes on Monday and Wednesday. The minimum age is 12.


Some Techniques Against Weapons


Bringing Aikido to the U.S




Thanks to everyone who came to training camp with Kashiwaya Sensei!!!!!

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South Mountain Aikido Fall Camp Pics!!!!

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Guest Instructor: Kashiwaya Sensei, 8th Dan.

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Come take a free class or  just watch! No obligation. Meet some great people.


Passing of Dan Frank Sensei

Dan Frank Sensei, 7th Dan and Chief Instructor for Maryland, passed away Friday, July 27th, 2012 following a long illness. Frank Sensei, true to his nature, waged a courageous battle. His many students, past and present, owe him much and we are grateful for both his teaching and his friendship. He will be missed. Our condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing him with us.



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