Located at 250 Cumberland St in Rochester, NY.
Proudly serving the Greater Rochester community since 1984.
Our dojo is operated by a team of instructors led by Brian Martens Sensei and Marcella Sarkozy Sensei. Our instructors have decades of experience practicing Aikido Kokikai® and are eager to teach you what they know.
Brian Martens, Godan (5th Degree) I have been practicing Aikido since late 1996. I am a Co-Chief
instructor of the Rochester dojo of Aikido Kokikai® . I have practiced
other martial arts including Tae Kwon Do since the age of 10. I have
experience teaching a variety of subjects from mentoring engineers to
Aikido to blacksmithing. As an engineer, I find a particular grace in
the simple efficiency of Aikido movements and yet am continuously
enchanted by its nuance.
Marcella Sarkozy, Yondan (4th Degree) I have been practicing Aikido at Aikido Kokikai Rochester since 1999 and
teaching since 2003. My practice and teaching style reflects a strong
sense of dojo as a community. My Aikido mantra is, “It takes a dojo to
raise a black belt.” Through my practice and teaching, I strive to share
the joy and enrichment that Aikido has brought to my life both on and
off the mat.
Ray Easton, Sandan (3rd Degree) Aikido has greatly improved my life. Its benefits exceed the definition
of a martial art. Above and beyond the obvious (self defense tactics),
the philosophies behind this amazing art form have improved my posture,
help me to remain calm and centered, especially during times of
conflict, and provides for me an overall martial mindset in all aspects
of my life.
To reach our full potential, we must first find our “best state”. Aikido
will help you discover and develop yours! We take good care of our
student body, advocating safety and encouraging beginners to work at
their own pace without intimidation.
Peter Veazie, Sandan (3rd Degree) For me, Aikido is working with my environment to improve the wellbeing
of myself and others, adapting and shaping to mitigate negative
situations while generating positive ones. Aikido is a practice,
philosophy, goal, and life-long pursuit: one that forms my view of the
world and my interaction with it. I achieve this through continued
practice of Kokikai Aikido, a style developed by Shuji Maruyama, to
develop calmness, relaxation, correct posture, and positive mind. The
Kokikai principles provide the foundation for my growth in Aikido.
Hugh Huggins, Sandan (3rd degree) Aikido is fun. So I try to have fun at class. It is challenging mentally
and physically. I have practiced martial arts on and off for 28 years. I
have been studying Maruyama Sensei’s thoughts on Aikido since 2009 and
am constantly amazed that you can always learn something new and improve
Our classes are designed to be scalable so that everyone, regardless of
prior experience or physical make up can experience the pure fun and
happiness that comes from discovering something new about themselves,
their mind and their body.
Len Butler, Nidan (2nd Degree) My first instructor taught in a traditional manner so my classes tend
have this flavor as well. While some traditional techniques may not have
as many applications in today's world, the lessons on principals and
stability still apply. Together with Bokken and Jo, for technical
reference, and an embrace of Aikido's philosophy of conflict resolution
and moral responsibility, we can attain a much deeper understanding of
the art, ourselves, and our role in society.
Kerman Bharucha, Shodan (1st Degree) I have been practicing Aikido as of March 2011. Aikido helps me to
maintain my mental acuity and physical conditioning, both of which are
very important to me at my age. Here's what I bring to the Kids' class
at our dojo. Young kids are likely to encounter bullies at school. So my
emphasis has always been to teach them how to defend themselves in
bullying situations. Therefore, the bulk of our practice involves
defenses against aggressive hand gestures. We also practice defenses
against emulated weapons attacks.