Aikido in Cary, North Carolina

A few words from the dojo cho

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.” —Moreihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido


Welcome to Hemlock Bluffs Aikido, where we are surrounded by the green of Hemlock Bluffs, where a valley stream really does flow past the dojo window. I like to think that O’Sensei, the founder of aikido, would appreciate such surroundings. But the woodland setting is only one of the things I love about our dojo.

We are a young organization, having formed in 2015 when we started training

at the Outdoor Education Pavilion at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. At the end of 2015, we met our friend Candice Davies of Integrity Movement Communication, who invited us to train in her yoga studio, and we’ve been here ever since (but we return to the Pavilion when we can, because it’s fun to train outdoors). While we are rooted in our place, we are also travelers who train wherever we go so we can bring new ideas and insights back to Cary.

Tammy Gordon (center) after training with Adrianna Llannes Sensei and Devin Kelly in Bogota, Colombia

I came to aikido in 2010, when my 9-year-old asked to try a martial art. When I witnessed aikido’s grace and power, and started to learn its philosophies, I too joined the dojo, learning much from Richard Price Sensei at Kure Beach Aikido and John Lothes Sensei at UNCW Aikido Club. Training has profoundly transformed the way I move about in the world, now with more freedom and compassion.

I am honored to serve as Dojo Cho, a role that allows me to facilitate high quality, affordable training for others. Our teachers are all volunteers, and you will find a combination of teaching styles: some will approach class with an emphasis on problem-based, experiential learning, while others employ direct instruction. All instructors in our dojo teach for the love of the art.

Our area has a wealth of martial arts opportunities, with each dojo having its own strengths and opportunities, so we’re glad you’re considering training with us. If you like a good workout, a supportive community, intentional, thoughtful movement (and trees!), you may come to love being at Hemlock Bluffs Aikido as I do.

Yours in aiki,


Dojo Cho

Hemlock Bluffs Aikido

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