Cape Town Aikido

gentle, energising, fun

Latest News

Jan Nevelius Shihan Friendship Seminar
Jan Nevelius
Friendship Seminar
15 — 17 Dec 2023
Bodo Rödel Friendship Seminar
Bodo Rödel
Friendship Seminar
7 & 8 Oct 2023
Julia Wagner Friendship Seminar
Julia Wagner
3rd Friendship Seminar
3 Feb — 5 Feb 2023

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, Nevelius Sensei and Lyly 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 practise to meet an attack with equanimity, to be free in the moment, and to protect all whom we encounter.

When We Practise

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

Family Classes

Read more about our Children focussed family classes.


Rayyaan Coetzee

Rayyaan has been practicing for 19 years, in South Africa and Tanzania. Besides local teachers, he has learnt from Osawa Shihan, Fujimaki Shihan, Jan Nevelius Shihan and Wendy Palmer Shihan.

Louise Green

Louise is a student of Jan Nevelius Shihan, 7th dan, and Jorma Lyly, 6th dan, at Vanadis Dojo, Stockholm.

Ute Kuhlmann

Ute is a student of Jan Nevelius Shihan, 7th dan, and Jorma Lyly, 6th dan, at Vanadis Dojo, Stockholm.

Craig Mason-Jones

Craig is a student of Kiyosawa Sensei, 8th Dan, in Tokyo. He spends three months every year in Tokyo doing only Aikido, practicing at his 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.
He participates in the annual Lillsved seminar where he practices with Nevelius and Lyly Sensei and their students from around the world.

He practices an Aikido that is gentle, subtle, effective and fun.

Guest Instructors

We have a busy programme of Friendship Seminars, with very experienced international teachers visiting us to share their practice and inspirations. See our Latest News for upcoming events, and follow our Facebook Page.

Where We Practice

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


Fees are R 480 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.
  • You don't have to join on the first lesson.
  • You don't have to buy equipment from us.
  • You don't have to be fit. Practice leads to fitness.
  • Age does not matter - our adult class ranges from 18 - 90.
  • Even if you have physical problems you can still enjoy Aikido.
  • If you have a karate or judo gi, you can wear that. Otherwise, tracksuit pants and a t-shirt are good - 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


We practice Aikikai Aikido, affiliated with Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.