About the MAC

The MAC, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1975 by Akira Tohei Shihan, a key figure in the global expansion of Aikido. Because of his leadership and vision, and the ongoing dedication of his students, the MAC has developed into a strong, stable community. Our membership represents diversity in all of its aspects, reflecting the universal appeal of Aikido. Practice is the most important part of membership but not the only part. All members participate in our community by training as often as they are able, helping new beginners, caring for the dojo, and participating in seminars, to name just a few examples. The MAC is open to the public and visitors are always welcome. We encourage you to observe a class at any time, without an appointment, or feel free to contact us at any time.

About Our Dojo

Our dojo is a bright, inviting, open space, with a mat surface of over 4,000 square feet, making it one of the largest dedicated Aikido dojo in the world. We have two clean, spacious dressing rooms, each with showers. We are conveniently located near the intersection of Damen and Montrose, steps from the Brown Line El. Abundant street parking is available.


You can join as an Adult Member anytime. No contracts required. Instead, modest monthly dues allow adults to attend as many classes per month as they wish. Simply visit the dojo during any class time and a member will be happy to sign you up! If you want to begin the same day we recommend arriving 30 minutes before class giving you adequate time to fill out our membership forms, pay for the intended class program – cash, check and credit cards are all accepted – and fit you with the correct size keiko-gi (practice uniform). You can begin your practice the same day! If you are ready to join now, signing up is easy: please take advantage of our 2-for-1 offer today!

Monthly Dues

The Midwest Aikido Center is a dues-based membership organization; there are no contracts. Monthly membership dues are $100. Discounts are available for students and couples/families. Additionally, after a member’s first rank promotion, there is also a $50 once-a-year fee to our national federation, the United States Aikido Federation, which applies only after a member’s first rank promotion.

We as members are the dojo. Our dues keep the doors open, lights on, and everything else that allows the MAC to offer multiple classes each month. Your dues allow you to practice in any class (except Iaido classes – those interested must see Robert Kolada Sensei). Please attend as many as you wish each month. More practice, more progress!

If you would like to support the dojo in the promotion of aikido, please consider a donation (see below).