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About West County Aikido

01/27/2012: Update!
We are no longer able to offer classes at the Hercules Rec Center. We are currently offering a class at the Hillside Church in El Cerrito on Wednesdays.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. Check back here for updates.

3/11 - Check out the new videos on the media page! See the most recent test, technique of the week and more!

2/15 - Now you can chat online with other WCA members! sign in to check it out :)

2/5 - The registration page for summer camp is up! Register early - this is going to be HUGE. The doshu will be making the trip from Japan. Click here to go to the registration page. If you have questions about the details, or want to setup a carpool click here to see visit the discussion panel on this event.

1/28 - There will be a kyu test on Thursday, February 21st at 6:00pm. Let your sensei know if you plan on testing - train hard!


12/17 - There will be no class the week of 12/24 - 12/28. We will also be closed for New Years. Class will resume Wed. January 2nd. Happy Holidays!!!


10/8 - A big thanks goes to everyone who participated in the Octoberfest demo. It seems to have gone over very well. It seems we turned a couple of heads and got some people interested in Aikido so... Mission accomplished!


9/5 - CONGRATULATIONS TO ESSEX AND JIA!!!! On the birth of their first baby girl on August 31 at 5:53pm. Our new aikidoka, Elyse Mathea, will be warmly welcomed :)

8/01 - The adult and children's test requirements are now available in the about section for adults and children respectively.

7/25 -Thanks to everyone who contributed to our demonstration at Daruma no Gakko! Also a big thanks to everyone at the school - we were warmly welcomed. Click here for a video! Pictures to come...

6/5 - Luke is back from Japan! Click here to see some pictures :)

4/25 - Mark is back from Nicaragua! We look forward to seeing him back on the mat!

3/15 - Saturday classes will be temporarily be put on hold until we can get something more solid set up. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Formerly known as Pinole Aikido, we here at WCA have been teaching Aikido since 1985. We are a non-profit organization and use Aikido to promote non-violent conflict resolution. Our chief instructor, Louis Decena has been practicing Aikido on and off since 1963 and started teaching upon opening Pinole Aikido in 1985. We are affiliated with Pacific Aikido Federation headed by Shiohira Shihan in San Francisco. We have always had a very successful children's program and offer an experienced instructing staff for adults.

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A Little About Aikido

Caligraphy by Shiohira shihanAikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (Sometimes reffered to as O'Sensei) who created a martial art that is purely defensive in nature. An attack is redirected in a controlled manner which leads to a pin or a throw. The object is not to injure an attacker, but to redirect the mind as well as the body towards peaceful solutions to conflict. Aikido means "the art of peace".

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