Cape Town Aikido

gentle, energising, fun

Latest News

Tom Dijkman
Tom Dijkman
4th Friendship Seminar
24 — 26 February 2017
Taina Nyström
Taina Nyström Seminar
Akari Dojo, Finland
13 — 15 January 2017
Terhi Kallonen
Terhi Kallonen Seminar
Meido Kan Dojo, Finland
16 — 18 December 2016
Glenn Leichman
Glenn Leichman Seminar
Aikido Seattle Chief Instructor
11 — 13 November 2016
Wendy Palmer Sensei
Wendy Palmer Sensei
Regional Practice
5 Nov 2016, 14h00
Cape Town Aikido YouTube channel
Aikikai Embukai 2015
videos from Tokyo

About Cape Town Aikido

We are an Aikido dojo (an Aikido school) in Cape Town practicing with an emphasis on harmony and gentleness. Our inspirations are Kiyosawa Sensei, Endo Sensei and Nevelius Sensei.

Aikido is a defensive Japanese martial art that emphasizes harmony.

Like Judo, it involves throwing and rolling. We work with the energy of an attack.

In my teacher's words, If you compete with speed, someone faster will overcome you. If you compete with strength, you will be defeated by someone stronger.

We practice to meet an attack with equanimity, to be free in the moment, and to protect all whom we encounter.


Craig Mason-Jones

I am a student of Kiyosawa Sensei, 8th Dan, in Tokyo. I spend three months every year in Tokyo doing only Aikido. I practice at my teacher's dojo, as well as at Hombu Dojo ‐ the World Headquarters of Aikido ‐ and at the dojos of Endo Sensei, Shinzawa Sensei and Yamane Sensei.

I practice an Aikido that is gentle, subtle, effective and fun.

Giuseppe Soffietti

Giuseppe started Aikido in 1983 in Turin with Riccardo Negro Sensei. He moved to Barbados, started the Barbados Aikido Federation, and studied with Hiroaki Izumi Sensei.

On returning to South Africa, Giuseppe graded to Shodan (first-dan) in 2010 and Nidan (second dan) in 2013 with Franco Martufi Sensei. He is the Chairperson of the Aikido Federation of South Africa (AFSA).

When We Practice

Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings
7h00 to 8h00 am.

Monday evenings
18h00 to 19h30 pm. beginners and regular

Wednesday evenings
18h00 to 19h30 pm. beginners and regular

Where We Practice

Renzo Gracie Cape Town, 86 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, South Africa, above the Build It store.


Fees are R 375 per month, payable on or before the 1st of each month.

Thinking of coming along...

Your first class is free. Come and try it out.

  • We don't demand that you join on the first lesson.
  • You don't have to buy equipment from us.
  • You don't have to be fit. Training will help with that.
  • Age does not matter - our adult class ranges from 18 - 90.
  • Even if you have physical problems you can still enjoy Aikido with us.
  • If you have a karate or judo gi, you can wear that. Otherwise, tracksuit pants and a t-shirt are good. Basically, anything you are comfortable rolling around in.


If you would like to join us, if you would like to watch a class, or if you're just visiting Cape Town and would like to do some keiko (practice) while you're here, please get in touch.

You can reach me (Craig) on my mobile +27 76 279 6092 or by email


Cape Town Aikido is a member of the Aikido Federation of South Africa.