A conversation, wrapped in an illusion, shrouded in a paradox. — Aikido comes from the ancient Japanese tradition of the samurai – service. Aikido is a non-competitive martial art based on unbalancing, turning aside and blending with an attacker’s strength. Studying Aikido increases flexibility, endurance, and balance. Most students find that it reduces stress and increases focus. Aikido can be a very effective form of self-defense. However, the goal of Aikido is not about controlling others, but is learning about and controlling yourself. Beartooth Aikido is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), founded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. ASU is affiliated with Aikikai World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. We are located in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, West Richland) region of Washington state. Visitors are always welcome to observe as many classes as they wish.