Cape Town Aikido

gentle, energising, fun

Latest News

Julia Wagner Friendship Seminar
Julia Wagner
2nd Friendship Seminar
29 Jan — 30 Jan 2022
Beginners Course
Beginners Course
4 weeks, R300
24 Jan, Mon and Wed, 4 weeks
Tom Dijkman Friendship Seminar
Tom Dijkman
7th Friendship Seminar
21 — 23 Feb 2020
Wendy Palmer Special Class
Wendy Palmer
Special Class
15 Feb 2020

About Cape Town Aikido

We are an Aikido dojo (an Aikido school) in Cape Town practicing with an emphasis on harmony and gentleness. Our inspirations are Kiyosawa Sensei, Endo Sensei, Nevelius Sensei and Lyly Sensei.

Aikido is a defensive Japanese martial art that emphasizes harmony.

Like Judo, it involves throwing and rolling. We work with the energy of an attack.

In my teacher's words,
If you compete with speed, someone faster will overcome you. If you compete with strength, you will be defeated by someone stronger.

We practice to meet an attack with equanimity, to be free in the moment, and to protect all whom we encounter.


Rayyaan Coetzee

Rayyaan has been practicing for 17 years, in South Africa and Tanzania. Besides local teachers, he has learnt from Osawa Shihan, Fujimaki Shihan, Jan Nevelius Shihan and Wendy Palmer Shihan.

Louise Green

Louise is a student of Jan Nevelius Shihan, 7th dan, and Jorma Lyly, 6th dan, in Vanadis Dojo, Stockholm.

Ute Kuhlmann

Ute is a student of Jan Nevelius Shihan, 7th dan, and Jorma Lyly, 6th dan, in Vanadis Dojo, Stockholm.

Craig Mason-Jones

Craig is a student of Kiyosawa Sensei, 8th Dan, in Tokyo. He spends three months every year in Tokyo doing only Aikido, practicing at his teacher's dojo, as well as at Hombu Dojo ‐ the World Headquarters of Aikido ‐ and at the dojos of Endo Sensei, Shinzawa Sensei and Yamane Sensei.
He participates in the annual Lillsved seminar where he practices with Nevelius and Lyly Sensei and their students from around the world.

He practices an Aikido that is gentle, subtle, effective and fun.

Guest Instructors

We have a busy programme of Friendship Seminars, with very experienced international teachers visiting us to share their practice and inspirations. See our Latest News for upcoming events, and follow our Facebook Page.

When We Practice

Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings
7h00 to 8h00 am.

Monday evenings
17h30 to 18h30, beginners' course
Wednesday evenings
16h30 to 17h30, children's class
17h30 to 18h30, beginners' course
18h30 to 19h30, regular class

Where We Practice

Renzo Gracie Cape Town, 86 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, South Africa, above the Build It store.


Fees are R 450 per month, payable on or before the 1st of each month.

Thinking of coming along...

  • Your first class is free. Come and try it out.
  • You don't have to join on the first lesson.
  • You don't have to buy equipment from us.
  • You don't have to be fit. Practice leads to fitness.
  • Age does not matter - our adult class ranges from 18 - 90.
  • Even if you have physical problems you can still enjoy Aikido.
  • If you have a karate or judo gi, you can wear that. Otherwise, tracksuit pants and a t-shirt are good - anything you are comfortable rolling around in.


If you would like to join us, if you would like to watch a class, or if you're just visiting Cape Town and would like to do some keiko (practice) while you're here, please get in touch.

You can reach me (Craig) on my mobile +27 76 279 6092 or by email


We practice Aikikai Aikido, affiliated with Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.