There are currently openings for Adult and Children students. Interested candidates are invited to observe a class. The dojo is co-located with the Toledo Zen Center at 6537 Angola Road Holland, OH 43558

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that can be practiced by almost anyone. Aikido techniques do not rely on physical strength but rather develops relaxed power through the focus of intention and Ki. The result is a creative method of non-destructive conflict resolution.

Aikido is practiced on many levels. The first level is includes the development of stamina, flexibility, and learning how to focus one's intention. The second level is built on the first and stresses self-defense techniques that teach the natural order of movement. In this process the students also become adept at ukemi, the art of rolling, falling and protecting oneself. Aikido provides the opportunity for the development of the entire person. It is a workout of the entire body and mind and results in increased strength, overall physically fitness, flexibility and centeredness.

At the third level students are gradually introduced to the secrets of receiving and harnessing the power of ki, they also develop spatial awareness and learn to judge proper timing and distance. During this training the goal is to establish and maintain an energetic connection to your partner and to lead them off balance. This eliminates the need for more destructive means of resolving situations.

The highest level of aikido is mind over matter. This involves the use of visualization techniques, the power of intention and ki, breath control and meditation. Aikido is truly a spiritual martial art that explores themind - body - spirit connection. This advanced level of training at Shobu Aikido reaches a level not easily found elsewhere. The student learns how to manifest power and effectiveness by the focusing of intention alone. This level depends on and can only be reached through the refinement of technique and the students own deepest feeling. For this reason it alternates between the physical and the spiritual.

In the process of practicing aikido, students inevitably find themselves less stressed and more energetic, better equipped to manage life's many conflicts with calm control. Aikido is great for adults and kids alike because practice encourages respect for self and others, self control, cooperation and responsibility.

Gasshuku or weekend long intensive seminars with William Gleason Sensei are available seasonally.

Children's aikido classes provide a friendly, non-competitive environment for students to become more physically fit, agile, flexible, aware, focused, and relaxed. They learn how to safely fall, roll and perform a variety of self-defense techniques in a supportive, comfortable setting, and parents like Aikido because kids learn how to be powerful without becoming destructive.

Jay Sensei's Biography

Jay Rinsen Weik is a certified Yondan (4th degree blackbelt) in the lineage passed down from Ueshiba Morihei, the founder, to Yamaguchi Seigo sensei, and through myself, William Gleason. He is an exceptional student and teacher and I have complete confidence in his ability to pass down legitimate aikido as it was passed down to me."
-William Gleason Sensei, 6th Dan, Author of "The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido"

Born in Toledo, Jay Chikyo Weik Sensei began his study of both the musical and martial arts in 1977. He graduated from St. Francis High School in 1987, and then moved to Boston to study guitar at Berklee College of Music where he was the recipent of the Jim Hall Jazzmasters award and a scholarship, and there came to the practice of Aikido with William Gleason Sensei at Shobu Aikido of Boston. After graduating from Berklee in 1990, he went on to earn a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory in 1992, and lived as a professional Jazz musician and educator while he continued his Aikido training. Sensei has taught music at several New England area colleges including the Chopin Conservatory, as well as having a full private guitar lesson practice. He is a published author with two Mel Bay Books ("Daily Dexterity Studies for the Guitarist" and "Sight Reading Studies for the Guitarist"), recording artist with the renown producer Miguel Pessoa, and is featured guitarist and composer on “One Way Ticket” on the Dharma Communications label. Jay has concertized with Jazz legends Gary Peacock and Jon Hendricks. He has also studied the Japanese Zen Flute, the Shakuhachi under the guidance of Michael Chikuzen Gould Sensei .

After many years of diligent practice, Jay Sensei was teaching beginners Aikido classes at the main Shobu dojo and had started Boston area Aikido clubs at the Gillette, John Hancock, and Thompson and Thompson companies. It was during this time that he clarified his intention to one day open a dojo of his own, and was deeply influenced by Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba organization, to which all Shobu Aikido dojo belong.

In 1988 Sensei began the study of Zen with Daido Roshi , at Zen Mountain Monastery and became a formal Zen student in 1995. In 1998 he received the Dharma name Chikyo, which translates as “Wisdom Mirror” and today continues his ongoing study with Myotai Sensei , founder of the Hermitage Heart Sangha .

Sensei met his wife Karen at the Boston dojo in 1992. In 1996 the two were married, and in 2000 they welcomed their daughter Isabella to life. In 2001 Sensei received his third degree black belt, and the three moved back to his hometown of Toledo to found Shobu Aikido of Ohio, the Toledo Zen Center and to share his new daughters life with his family. Sensei’s parents Otto and Dee Weik are life long Toledo area residents and the founders of Carpets by Otto and sister his Kelly has her own business as well, Art by Kelly .

Sensei has been active in the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio . In 2004 Jay Sensei and his teacher Bill Gleason Sensei together founded the Shobu Okugyo Center which provides intensive Aikido retreats, bringing people from around the country to Toledo for in depth study of Aikido principle.

Since the dojo's beginning in 2001, it has grown incredibly and has become a vibrant community of practice, and in 2005 Jay Sensei received a promotion to the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt). In 2007 he began teaching Jazz Guitar at the University of Toledo Music department, and has become a regular fixture down at Murphys Place playing with the UT Jazz faculty ensemble. Jay Sensei is one of the very few full time Aikido instructors in the country, and he devotes his full efforts to his family, his practice, and the constant evolution and growth of his students.

Jay Sensei has an extensive youtube channel, with clips of his Aikido, Music, and Zen teaching. He maintains blogs for Shobu Aikido of Ohio, the Toledo Zen Center, his guitar students, and was featured as the cover story of the October 24th edition of the Toledo City Paper.

In 2007, Jay was acknowledged as "Shuso" or head disciple of Myotai Sensei. This traditional rite of passage indicates a transition in Rinsens on going development in Zen training.

Jay was voted "Toledo's Best Music Teacher" by the Toledo City Paper.


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