Aikido of Fresno was born from Fresno’s first Aikido group that formed sometime in the late 1970’s. Aikido of Fresno became a full time Dojo in Fresno’s Tower district in 1993. Aikido of Fresno made it’s home in the Tower district for over 20 years, teaching hundreds of Fresno residents the art of Aikido. The Dojo recently moved (July 2014) to its current location a large (3000sqft) warehouse at 3333. W. Sussex Way. Aikido of Fresno is the Central Valley’s largest Aikido school and only full time Aikido Dojo. We teach traditional Aikido forms, as well as a modern practice for Aikido that helps bring Aikido into our current time and culture. We are dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of Aikido.
Christopher Hein Sensei-
Aikido of Fresno’s head instructor is Sensei Christopher Hein. Hein Sensei started training at Aikido of Fresno in 1998, passing his black belt test in 2001 and taking over operation of the school in 2011. A student of several martial arts, Hein Sensei found Aikido to be a martial art that truly inspired him. Hein Sensei has been exploring and developing his Aikido for nearing two decades. Sensei Hein has studied several martial arts systems including traditional martial arts like Aikido as well as modern sport martial arts. He has competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submissions Wrestling, MMA, HEMA and even a full contact stick fight with Southern California’s “Dog Brothers”. His focus is on the “Aiki” ability and practical martial skill tempered by good judgment and understanding.