Capital Aikikai was founded in 1973 and has been providing a continuous program of Aikido training in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area ever since. As a not-for-profit corporation, it welcomes all people who wish to practice Aikido. Please click on the photo at right to see images from our first 35 years of practice in the D.C. area.
We are located in Silver Spring, MD, just north of Washington, DC. The dojo is easily accessible by car, bus, and Metro (subway). Please click at left or on the bottom of this page for directions to the dojo. dojo photos
We practice on a relatively firm canvas mat, with a crushed tire foundation. The mens' and womens' changing rooms have showers, and there is a lounge area for guests.
Clyde Takeguchi Shihan is the founder and director of Capital Aikikai. Takeguchi Sensei is a shichidan — a seventh degree black belt — and a Hombu-certified shihan instructor. He began his study of aikido in 1958 in his native Hawaii. In addition to founding Capital Aikikai in 1973, Takeguchi sensei founded the aikido clubs in Madison, WI, and Charleston, SC. He has taught aikido at the police departments in Honolulu and Madison, as well as at the US Customs Academy in Washington, DC.Interviews:
Roger Paden, 5th dan Valarie Barr, 5th dan Fred Richards, 5th dan Sarah Guroff, 4th dan Meipo Martin, 4th dan Lou Mastriani, 4th dan Tom Tedeschi, 4th dan Mark Klock, 2nd dan