Aikido in Cary, North Carolina


Aikido is a defensive martial art practiced around the world; it emphasizes blending with an attacker to redirect the energy of the attack. It emerged as a distinctive martial art in twentieth century Japan, but it’s based on much older, traditional teachings. Developed by Morihei Ueshiba, now called O Sensei or “Great Teacher,” aikido translates as “the way of harmony.”

Hemlock Bluffs Aikido is an official dojo of the Aikido World Alliance, which is directed by Andrew Sato Shihan and based in Chicago, Illinois.

We see our training as a way to both build our skills and help others. We are committed to cooperation, respect, and service to our communities in everything we do, both on and off the mats.

Class Schedule

Tuesdays: 8:15-9:30pm (Beginners’ techniques and principles but all are welcome)

Thursdays: 8:15-9:30pm (All Levels)

Saturdays: 4:00-5:15pm (All Levels)

Sundays: 11:00am-1:00pm (All Levels)

Saturday Morning Misogi: 9:30am on the first Saturday of each month. This class meets outdoors in all weather at a small waterfall in North Raleigh (email hemlockbluffsaikido@gmail.com for location). It is free for HBA members with a suggested donation of $5 per class for non-members

Club Dues

We require monthly dues of $50 per person ($35 if you are a full time student or experiencing unemployment). These are paid at first of the month and cover basic overhead expenses. You may pay with check, CashApp ($hemlockbluffsaikido), or Venmo (@hemlockbluffsaikido).

Once per year in January, all members pay $30 in Aikido World Alliance membership fees. Kyu testing fees are $25 per test.

Currently, we have no kids’ classes. Young people ages 13-15 may train in our regular classes as members if a parent or guardian is also training with them. If you’re over 16, you do not need to train with a parent.

Getting Started

New members take their first classes on the first Tuesday of the month. On your first day, your instructor will be there early to answer questions and help you to fill out the application form and get oriented to the dojo. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and be sure to remove jewelry and make-up before class.

The cost to begin is $100. This includes a white belt, $45 in club dues, $30 in Aikido World Alliance membership dues, and the $25 AWA testing fee for your first rank test. The beginning costs are non-refundable. After the first month, you will pay $50 monthly club dues, yearly $30 AWA dues, and testing fees for each rank you achieve.


Tammy Gordon (Sandan, Shidoin) Dojo Cho and Lead Instructor

Kevin Harvey (Nidan, Fukushidoin), Instructor

Daniel Sabogal (Nidan), Assistant Instructor

Dustin Miller, (Shodan, Jyoshu), Assistant Instructor

Jon Ball, (Shodan, Jyoshu), Assistant Instructor


HBA is hosting Andrew Sato Shihan for a seminar on March 15-17, 2024. You can find the registration form on the Aikido World Alliance page.


Friday, March 15:

  • 6:00pm: Registration
  • 6:30-8:30pm: Training

Saturday, March 16:

  • 9:15am-10:00am: Misogi at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve (2616 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27518, a 4-minute drive from the dojo)
  • 1:00-3:00pm: Aikido
  • 4:30-6:30pm: Aikido
  • 7:00pm: Dinner

Saturday, March 16:

  • 9:30am-12:00pm: Aikido



2016 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518 (Master Chang’s Martial Arts)

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