Japanese Pronunciation

Since Aikido is a Japanese Art, it uses a lot of Japanese words.
While training in Aikido does not include mastering the Japanese language, for those of you who are interested, this is a more in-depth guide for the pronunciation and meaning of Japanese words and terms related to our training.


Similar to Spanish, Japanese generally has only one sound assigned to each vowel:

  • a = “aw” sound as in raw, top, calm.
  • i = “ee” as in eel, meal, iguana.
  • u = “00” as in moon, tune, flu.
  • e = “eh” as in met, well, elevator.
  • o = “oh” as in open, tone, loan.

In Japanese, each syllable is pronounced for an equal amount of time. The word hakama is often pronounced in a more English way: “huh-KAW-muh”, but in Japanese would be closer to sounding like “hakka-ma”

New Class coming up

New Class

Hey guys, we are very thrilled to start a new class starting November 3 (Aikido Adaptive) from 10:00AM – 12:00pm with Mark Smith.

For those who are new to Aikido or who want to get back on the mat. Everyone is welcome.

New Class

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Group

We recently had our ribbon cutting ceremony for our new location, we had an amazing time. The food provided by chef Vanessa Gomez from Cafe Nessa Catering was a delight. The support given by the Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce was much appreciated.

Ribbon Cutting Group