Great Lakes Aikido,

In Vernon Hills, IL is an open community dedicated to traditional martial art training. All are welcome, and beginners may start training at any time. We are located in the Corporate Woods business park, within the Cohen Brothers Judo Center.

Great Lakes Aikido is a member dojo of Shinjinkai, an association dedicated to transmitting Japanese traditions of martial and fine arts. Shinjinkai is affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo through Aikido Shimbokukai.


Wednesday Saturday
Open Mat: 5:00-6:00pm   Aikido: 2:00-3:00pm
Aikido: 6:00-7:00pm   Aikido: 3:00-4:00pm

Great Lakes Aikido members are also eligible to attend Aikido and Zen classes at the Genseikan Dojo in Prospect Heights, and the Shinjinkai headquarters on Chicago's north side..

To begin your training, or to visit us,

Just walk in or email us. We'll arrange for you to speak with an instructor, view a class, and begin your training program.

Membership and Monthly Dues

Dues for ongoing members are $90, payable at the begining of each month. Students are asked to make training commitments of at least 3 months.

Promotional Testing

is conducted several times a year. Rank promotions are registered with Shinjinkai and recognized by the Aikikai Foundation. New students are required to register with our national organization by submitting a $35 fee at the time of the first test.