About Us

Aikido of Rockford is affiliated with Capital Aikikai, which is led by Clyde Takeguchi (Shihan, 7th Dan). Our Sensei, Justin Ramza, is a Sandan (third degree black belt) who has also studied other styles of Aikido, Aiki-Jujutsu, and Shotokan Karate.

We consider ourselves to be more of a "club" than a "dojo," so we're a more laid back group. Our attire is informal. Since we're throwing each other around and rolling all over the floor, looser clothing, however, is a must. If you don't have a gi, you are welcome to wear sweats.

We offer several classes throughout the week.
  • Saturday: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday: TBD the day before
  • Monday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Our monthly fee is $40, or $100 for 3 months.  These dues cover the club's costs (heat, water in spring/summer/fall, electricity, federation dues, insurance, travel to seminars); they do not cover instruction; instruction is free. We do not work on a "contract" basis (like many dojos). People should be free to participate as much as they can and to the extent to which they are inclined; there are no obligations.

If you have questions, there are a couple ways to get in touch with us. We have an Aikido of Rockford FaceBook page. If you have your own FaceBook page, you can PM the page administrator through it. Alternatively, if you would like to talk directly with our Sensei, you can reach Justin by phone at 779-207-9518, or write him at aikidorocks@gmail.com

For more information about Aikido and our club, please visit our main website.
This is a series of Aikido videos from our federation: