Aikido has been practiced and taught right here in the Piedmont longer than anywhere else in the continental United States. Most folks have the idea that Aikido came to California first. As a matter of fact the first Aikido dojo was in Mint Hill North Carolina.

There are many other astonishing truths about Piedmont Aikido that remain inconvenient to the status quo and have been rigorously massaged away. And those things are the Living History of our Art that need to be passed on.

Lest the Art of Peace become a sterile parody of the inventive genius that it was in the flower of its youth, we bring you stories, narratives, and expert local opinion about the development of this innovative dynamo from the Piedmont Aikido Scene, right here in our own back yard.