Traditional Aikido Classes

Aikido can be best translated as “The Way of Harmony”.

Founded by Ueshiba Morihei, referred to as O’Sensei, Aikido developed as a pure form of Budo (Martial Way). Drawing upon aspects of many ancient Japanese disciplines, Aikido is a highly refined Martial Art that strengthens the individual practitioner and improves both physical and mental abilities.

The powerful techniques of Aikido are based in self-awareness and control of one’s fear and adrenaline in a confrontation. By learning to perceive and act in a fashion dictated by the true nature of a given situation, the techniques of Aikido can be applied against an attack from a larger and stronger opponent with great effectiveness. Without this ability, one can only react, which may lead to unnecessary escalation of conflict.

“All the secret teachings are to be found in the simple basics.”


Christina Taylor, Sensei is the Dojo-Cho (Chief Instructor) at Aikido of Alabama, holding the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt). Taylor Sensei began her study in New Jersey in 1989 under the direction of R. Crane Sensei & K. Crane, Sensei, 7th Degree Black Belts & Dojo-Cho of Aikido Agatsu Dojos & Authors of ‘Aikido In Training’ Book & Instructional DVD Series.

Taylor Sensei started her own Aikido practice along with her mother, Sandra Taylor who holds the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt), and serves as Assistant Instructor at Aikido of Alabama since Founded in 2007.

The Instructors & Students of Aikido of Alabama hold boundless respect and gratitude for the instruction and dedication of both Crane Sensei for their continued support and guidance as well as personal appreciation for the profound, positive effect Aikido has had in her life, as well as, helping to direct her on a path of bringing the Art of O’Sensei to others.

Our Classes

Classes are open to men, women and teens. All classes begin with stretching and movement exercises that develop balance, focus, situational awareness, centering and relaxation. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of Aiki-Ken & Aiki-Jo (wooden sword & staff) that, along with empty-handed self-defense technique practice form the Pillars of the Art as taught by O’Sensei.

Classes are currently held on Thursday (6:30pm to 8:00pm) in addition to other days/times as scheduled, at Central Presbyterian Church ‘Cooper House’ located at 405 Randolph St; Huntsville, AL

No equipment or uniforms are required to start. Contact Us for more info & class start dates.