Aikido Tacoma Aikikai is dedicated to sharing aikido to empower youth and adults in the South Puget Sound. By offering non-violent conflict resolution through rigorous physical training, aikido can promote harmony and equality throughout our community.
Tacoma Aikikai embraces a traditional aikido training environment, rooted in the lineage and discipline of Japanese martial traditions. We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive training environment, mutually respecting all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, faiths, ages, and abilities.
Aikido is a modern martial art developed in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known by his students as O-Sensei. While expressing many attributes of traditional Japanese martial traditions, aikido emphasizes physical practice to unite the body, mind, and spirit. Known as “the way of harmony”, aikido neutralizes an opponent’s attacks through blending, joint locks, and throws. This provides practitioners with a choice when encountering conflict.
Training in aikido is physically rigorous. However, aikido techniques do not rely on strength. Because of this, people of all ages, sizes, and abilities can enjoy practice. Through sincere and rigorous training, aikido empowers students with confidence in conflict resolution, improved fitness and flexibility, and an overall sense of well-being. Training at Tacoma Aikikai includes both empty hand (tai-jitsu) and aikido weapons (jyo, bokken, and tanto).
Ea Murphy has studied aikido since 2000 in both the US and Japan. She began studying with Steve Thoms Sensei of Eugene Aikikai, followed by 10 years with Darrell Bluhm Sensei of Siskiyou Aikikai, both under the lineage of T.K. Chiba Shihan and Birankai North America. Before settling in Tacoma, she spent two years in Kyoto, Japan as an apprentice with Yoko Okamoto Sensei and Chris Mulligan Sensei of Aikido Kyoto. She holds the ranks of Yondan (4th degree black belt) and Shidoin (certified teacher).
Eric Gillet started Aikido in Belgium in 1983. He moved the Bay Area in 1993, where he studied under I. Shibata Sensei as Uchi Deshi. He joined Tacoma Aikikai in 2017, where he shares his extensive experience through classes in aikido and aikido weapons. Eric Sensei also runs the iaido program at Tacoma Aikikai. He holds the ranks of Yondan (4th degree black belt) and Shidoin (certified teacher).