The Aikido Center of Atlanta

Aikido, Kids classes

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  • Per month 95 $
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The Aikido Center of Atlanta, 116 Center Street Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Map

Get off at exit 41, "Memorial Drive/ Avondale Estates". Go inside the expressway and turn right at the second light, Mountain Drive.


6:15am to 7:15am
7:00pm to 8:30pm

12:00pm to 12:50pm
4:30pm to 5:00pm (Little Dragonflies)
5:00pm to 5:50pm (Big Kid's)
6:30pm to 8:00pm
8:00pm to 9:30pm (Katori)

6:15am to 7:15am
6:30pm to 8:00pm

12:00pm to 12:50pm
4:30pm to 5:00pm (Little Dragonflies)
5:00pm to 5:50pm (Big Kid's)
6:30pm to 8:00pm

6:15am to 7:15am
6:30pm to 8:00pm

9:00am to 9:50am (Zazen)
10:00am to 12:00am

2:30pm to 3:30pm (Big Kid's)
3:45pm to 4:45pm - 5:00pm to 5:50pm
6:00pm to 8:30pm (Katori)


Daily $20 (mat fee for visiting non-members)
Monthly - $95
Each additional family member - $45
Yearly $950 (two months free plus a free uniform)
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Aikido Center founder, Rodney Grantham, was first exposed to Aikido when he took ukemi for the legendary Koichi Tohei in 1967. He Began his martial arts training in Japan in 1950. He earned his first degree black belt in Judo there before returning to the U.S. where he rose the rank of 3rd Dan. During the early 1960’s he was first exposed to Aikido and began making trips to New York to study under Yoshimitsu Yamada. In 1967 he began offering Aikido classes at his “Black Belt School of Judo”. These classes were the foundation of what soon became the Aikido Center of Atlanta. After many years of practice, he became one of the first non-Japanese to be awarded the rank of 6th Dan. Grantham Sensei was a pioneer in introducing traditional Japanese martial arts to the Southeast. In 1989, after many years of teaching and shepherding the growth of Aikido throughout the region, Grantham Sensei retired to the mountains of North Carolina with his wife Janet. Grantham Sensei passed away in 2008, but his legacy is carried into the future by the hundreds of Aikidoka he influenced throughout his life as a Martial Arts pioneer.


Sins 1967.


he Aikido Center of Atlanta is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), and the USAF chair is currently held by Yamada Sensei.



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