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About Falls Road Aikido

Sensei Wirth demonstrates a technique.
Sensei Wirth demonstrates a technique.

Falls Road Aikido is a small traditional aikido dojo located in Baltimore, Maryland. Even though we use colored belts to indicate our rank, promotion is not our goal.  Instead, we are dedicated to honest, real-life training that prepares us for the possibility of life’s physical and emotional threats. We help each other grow into confident, grounded, unshakable, loving human beings who could, if necessary, keep ourselves and others from getting hurt if the need would arise.

The Dojo

Located on Falls Road, just ten miles north of Baltimore City, Falls Road Aikido offers a dojo where aikidoka can practice their art in the presence of capable instructors and willing fellow students.

Sempai Cara-Michele Nether and a student practice at Falls Road Aikido.
Sempai Cara-Michele Nether and a student practice at Falls Road Aikido.

Our dojo features:

  1. A large 20-foot-by-25-foot mat suspended on springs for optimal practice;
  2. Access to wooden weaponry (jo staffs, bokken, and tanto) when necessitated by class;
  3. Private dressing and changing rooms;
  4. Various pads for striking and rolling practice;
  5. Nearby access to the Strength & Vitality Wellness Center run by Sempai Cara-Michele Nether.

Our Motto

“How we train in the dojo is exactly the same way we will show up in life” is a driving motto that moves us toward our goals of being the best martial artists that we can be. 

We come from a long line of aikidoka who practice hard with the intention of rising above our egos to find peace within ourselves. We understand that this would not be possible without our mutual willingness to allow each other the use of our bodies for practice. This is an honor and we never forget that. While pushing ourselves to our own limits, we take great care not to harm our partners during class.

Our Philosophy

To say that O’Sensei was an accomplished martial artist would be an understatement.  During the evolution of Aikido he encouraged his students to train hard and push themselves to be effective with greater demonstrations of grace and ease. Keeping with this philosophy, our students learn not to shy away from sweat, fatigue, or their current presumed limitations.  Instead, they are encouraged to learn the true meaning of physical and mental discipline for themselves.  

We believe it is our job to support your journey toward inner peace and strength.  Everyone is encouraged to come watch a class or join us on the mat.

We assure you that you will learn something incredible about yourself.

We are always happy to see new faces at Falls Road Aikido in Baltimore. Whether you are switching from another Dojo or just want to try yourself in martial arts, we are happy to offer a nice training facility and a good company. Here are some of the questions we get from new students to help you decide whether Falls Road Aikido is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Have a Uniform?

When you come for your first free class (and for the first three months of your training), you don’t need a special uniform. Just wear some loose-fitting clothes, such as a t-shirt and sweat pants or leggings – something you can stretch in. All of our activities take place on a padded mat.  A uniform (or gi) is available for purchase in your size, which consists of a cotton top, cotton pants, and a belt.

Do I Need to Have Prior Experience?

No prior experience is needed! All you need is the willingness to learn new skills and some time to commit. If you are a beginner, you will enjoy a positive learning environment, and if you are familiar with martial arts, we’ll make sure to keep challenging you to help you reach new heights.

Does Everyone Practice Together?

They do!  Old and young, white belts and black belts, we all practice together. We find that it helps our students learn from each other.  Our students all bring different skills and experiences to the mat.

What if I Don’t Know Aikido Etiquette?

No problem – we will teach you everything you need to know. Like most martial arts, aikido has its own ceremonies and each dojo may slightly differ. You are free to do you own reading, but we’ll teach you proper etiquette and explain what gestures and terminology mean so that you immediately feel like a part of our group.

How Much Does it Cost?

As a new you student, you get the first class for free. This is a great chance to give aikido a try to see if you like our style of instruction and if the schedule works for you. If you decide to continue your training at Falls Road Aikido, you can get more information about the various classes here.

How Do I Get Started?

If you want to come over for your free class, simply select one of the classes from our schedule and fill out the new student registration form prior to attending. If you just want to stop by and watch, you are also welcome! In this case just drop in and don’t worry about the forms. If you have any questions, feel free to email Sempai Cara-Michele at or fill out the form below

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What Members of Falls Road Aikido Have to Say:

"My training in Kinokawa Aikido has been one of the most influential experiences of my life. Real and honest budo training has allowed me to become thoughtfully calm and patient in my everyday experiences. Effortless and unexpected power are now regular companions of my being. It is a true honor to share this amazing martial art with the people who choose to show up on the mat week after week and year after year. I welcome anyone who would like to live with more grace to stop by roll around on the mat with us."

Sempai Cara-Michele Nether July 2, 2015

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