Welcome to Roanoke Budo Kai

Founded by Chris Gaston in 1994, Roanoke Budo Kai has just celebrated it's 20th anniversary of offering safe, challenging, and supportive Aikido training in Roanoke, VA.

There is important symbolism in our dojo's patch shown above: the landscape and star references our dojo’s home in the Roanoke Valley, the bamboo represents the flexibility and movement of aikido, and the crane shares Aikido’s Japanese origins.

New students and visitors of any experience level are always welcome and encouraged to attend any of our classes. You may contact the dojo for additional information or simply show up!

"To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is Aikido."
– Morihei Ueshiba

Train With Us

Whether you are a new student or a visiting aikidoka, we’d love to have you train with us.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art teaching self- defense using efficient body movements, not strength, to redirect and diffuse the force of an attack.

You’ll enjoy our Aikido classes – they are excellent for any age, gender, or level of fitness. We train hard, encourage each other, and have fun!

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Schedule & Registration

Roanoke Budo Kai offers 3 weekly classes through the Roanoke County Parks and Recreation Department. This association allows us to reduce fees and follow O’Sensei’s belief that aikido is for everyone while supporting our local community.

All classes are open to students of all experience levels from beginner to black belt. You do not have to wait until the start of a session to join.

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Aikido isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are.

– Devin Hamden Sensei, Shidoin


News, Information, and Ramblings

  • Shodan Testing - 10/5/2016
    Shodan Testing – 10/5/2016
    Congratulations to TG Ayers and Todd Marlowe – both were awarded the rank of shodan on November 5, 2016! Aikido training is truly a marathon, not a sprint, as proven by these...
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  • Seminar Photos
    Seminar Photos
    On Oct 4th Roanoke Budo Kai was honored to host a seminar with Sorrentino Sensei.  It is safe to say that a great time was had by all. As with all seminars,...
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  • Masakatsu Agatsu
    Masakatsu Agatsu
    Masakatsu Agatsu – Morihei Ueshiba. True victory is victory over one’s self. I believe this challenge is both what attracts people to Aikido and what scares them away. It is easier to...
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  • Jim Sorrentino Seminar - Oct 4, 2014
    Jim Sorrentino Seminar – Oct 4, 2014
    Roanoke Budo Kai invites you to attend a Seminar with Jim Sorrentino Sensei, 5th Dan October 4, 2014 9:30am – 12:30pm Roanoke Budo Kai Green Ridge Recreation Center 7415 Wood Haven Rd...
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