North Shore Aikido
Northbrook, Illinois

A Modern Day Martial Art

Aikido Spirit of the Tiger

“Why study martial arts?

A true martial artist does not practice to only defeat others. They practice to defeat the enemies inside themselves, the enemies we all have. We forge our life into something beautiful, something helpful to the world.

Peace is not just a word or idea. Strength, bravery and compassion are things we have embodied. They are what we all must become.”

—Fumio Toyoda Shihan

What is Aikido

Aikido (合氣道) literally translates to ‘the way of harmonizing with energy’. It is recognized for its unique spirit, so different from many martial arts which make sportive or combative aims their sole rationale. The goal of Aikido is nonviolent conflict resolution.

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife. Founded by Morihei Ueshiba early in the twentieth century following his own extensive study of various armed and unarmed martial systems.

Classes for Adults and Teens


Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm, 7:45-8:45 pm

Saturday 10:00-11:00 am, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

Sunday 9:00-10:00 am, 10:15-11:15 am

Masakatsu Agatsu (正勝吾勝), ‘true victory, is victory over the self’


JOSHUA WEISER, 4th Dan Shidoin

JOSH WEISER, 4th Dan Shidoin

Chief Instructor | Dojocho

Josh Weiser Sensei has trained in martial arts for more than 40 years. He started practicing Aikido over 25 years ago and has had the opportunity to train with different schools and affiliations enabling him to have a unique understanding of the art.

Weiser Sensei teaches at seminars throughout the Midwest. He holds the rank of 4th degree black belt and Shidoin (Certified Aikido Instructor). Mr. Weiser is the Midwest Regional Event Coordinator for the AAA and participates as a AAA Chicagoland Testing Committee Member.​