The New Dojo is splendid with its light green 1200 ft tatami over a state of the art floor, high ceilings and large windows. The acoustic during kotodama practice is wonderful and lively.


The new Dojo is larger than the old one with much higher ceilings to facilitate weapons training. The new 1200 ft Tatami will still be very gentle and forgiving with lots of cushioning underneath.


Shobu Aikido of Houston is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, founded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, a principal student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.


SHOBU means wisdom. Aikido is the study of wisdom and wisdom comes from understanding , trusting, controlling and seeing yourself clearly, without this knowdledge you will never be able to control others for your own protection or for the protection of those whom you love. We aim high at Shobu Aikido: We wish to follow the true way of the warrior. To serve and protect society.


Shobu Aikido follows O Sensei's methods of incorporating weapon training with Tanto, Bokken, and Jo during empty hand practice. Weapon training enhances our understanding of timing, balance, intuition, body positioning, distancing and the consequences of careless and aggressive behavior. Practicing with weapons increases concentration alertness, precision, and decisiveness. In addition, weapons are a wonderful equalizer.


Ana Arango Sensei Chief Instructor is a 3nd Degree Black Belt in Aikido, certified by Master Teacher Mitsugi Saotome Shihan. She has been training in Aikido consistently for over 17 years with a background in Karate, Physical Fitness, Yoga and Meditation. She is a licensed attorney in both Texas and New York. Sensei is certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine by the Chengdu University in China, she is a Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) and is certified by Doctor Deepak Chopra in Primordial Sound Meditation.


Tuesday and Thursday (6:00 7:00 P.M.)


- A class specifically designed for beginners...

Tuesday and Thursday (7:00 8:00 P.M.)

General Class

- General class is for those students who have completed...


The first and most essential part of Martial Arts, Especially aikido, is the cultivation of a calm state of mind. Without this aspect incorporated into your training you will merely be doing physical activity. Connecting the Body-Mind through meditation is the true path of Aikido. If you cannot go into the silence of the mind during sitting Meditation, how can you expect to be able to perform the right technique at just the right time to protect yourself or others?


January 2007 Special

New Year's special Misogi Training

New Beginner's Class Starts on January 25th.


December 2006 Special

Thursday December 14th Testing.

Tuesday December 19th Gratitude day.


Shobu Aikido Promotions

Japanese Festival 2005

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Dr. Arango is available only to Shobu Aikido Students for an overall health - lifestyle consultatons. Dr. Arango will use her varied studies in Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui, her Doctoral studies into Natural Remedies and Nutrition as well to evaluate and recommend changes for her students.


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Phone Number:

(713) 818 - 2306

Mailing Address:

1320 Hawthorne St., Houston, Texas

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