Aikido classes at the JCC are offered by the Tulsa Aikido Club. The Club’s chief instructor is Mike Pollak, who has been studying aikido for more than 40 years and holds the rank of yondan, 4th level black belt.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art based on traditional Japanese teachings. Aikido is an effective method of self-defense, but it is also a tool for self-development. Aikido classes are taught in a noncompetitive atmosphere that facilitates conflict resolution rather than harming an opponent. Aikido aims to resolve conflict through superior method and skill rather than physical strength.

Most people who are considering studying aikido have read or heard something about aikido, but have never seen it in practice. The best way to decide if aikido is something that you want to try is to observe a class. We encourage prospective students who have never studied aikido to observe at least one Tuesday or Thursday evening class at 7pm. No appointment is necessary to observe a class. After observing at least one class, beginners may start aikido training at the first 7pm Tuesday or Thursday class of any month.

The Tulsa Aikido Club’s national and international affiliations are with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and through that organization with Worldwide Aikikai Headquarters in Japan. The Aikido Schools of Ueshiba is headed by Mitsugi Saotome Sensei, 8th Dan Aikikai Shihan (master teacher). Saotome Sensei was a direct student of, and instructor under, the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.

For more information about our aikido classes, see our website at or email Mike at