Cape Town Aikido

gentle, energising, fun

Latest News

Bodo Rödel 3rd Friendship Seminar
Bodo Rödel
3rd Friendship Seminar
26 — 28 May 2019
Tom Dijkman 6th Friendship Seminar at Cape Town Aikido
Tom Dijkman
6th Friendship Seminar
22 — 24 February 2019
Jan Nevelius Shihan
Jan Nevelius Shihan
Friendship Seminar
14 — 16 December 2018
Wendy Palmer Sensei
Wendy Palmer Sensei
Special Class
27 October 2018, 15h00 - 17h00
Bodo Rödel
Bodo Rödel
Friendship Seminar
11 — 13 May 2018
Wendy Palmer Sensei
Wendy Palmer Sensei
Special Class
5 May 2018, 15h00 - 17h00
Tom Dijkman 5th Friendship Seminar at Cape Town Aikido
Tom Dijkman
5th Friendship Seminar
23 — 25 February 2018
Beginner's Course
Beginner's Course
4 Saturdays at 8am
27 January — 17 February 2018
Shochu Geiko 2018
Shochu Geiko
Midsummer Practice
29 January — 4 February 2018
Antony Pinchbeck
Antony Pinchbeck
Friendship Seminar
8 — 10 September 2017
Britta Krüger
Britta Krüger
Friendship Seminar
18 — 20 August 2017
Cape Town Aikido YouTube channel
Saku Dojo Embukai 2017
videos from Saku
Bodo Rödel
Bodo Rödel
Friendship Seminar
24 — 26 March 2017
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

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


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.

When We Practice

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

Monday evenings
18h15 to 19h15, intermediate class
19h15 to 20h00, seniors class
Wednesday evenings
18h15 to 19h15, beginners class

Where We Practice

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


Fees are R 400 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


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