Tacoma Aikikai's New Dojo Home

We are excited to announce that Tacoma Aikikai has purchased a building! To build it into a full-time dojo, we are reaching out to ask for your support. There are many ways you can help us open our doors in February 2019.

1.       Donate funds. Help our new dojo with startup expenses. We are looking to raise $16,200 to fund the following:
-          Expanded tatami training mats ($4000)
-          Subfloor ($1500)
-          Lighting and Electrical Upgrades ($5000)
-          Kamiza ($1000)
-          Operable windows ($3200)
-          Exterior signs ($1500)
-          Column removal

2.       Donate time and talents. We need your skills and time to help us build the new dojo, including carpentry, woodworking, plumbing, electrical, and general labor.

3.       Like, follow, and review us. If you haven’t had the chance, please follow us and share your experience with prospective members by giving us a review:
-      Google maps 
-       Facebook: Aikido Tacoma Aikikai 
-      Yelp 
-      Instagram:  @tacomaaikikai
-      Email List 

4.       Come train in the new dojo at our Winter Seminar with Diane Deskin Sensei, January 18th-20th.


If aikido training is the fire that ignites and inspires us, then a dojo is the hearth that forges that fire and keeps it burning strong.

After two years of building an aikido community of sweat and fire, Tacoma Aikikai has realized our new, permanent dojo home. With the support of our members and the larger aikido community, we are purchasing the old Elliott Building at 2502 S. 12th St, Tacoma, WA 98405 to build a lasting aikido community in Tacoma’s Central District.

The new, 3,000 square foot dojo will host a 70-tatami mat. With our own location, we can become a permanent, full-time dojo offering day and evening classes, apprenticeship opportunities, and a sizable location for regional training events. Most importantly, a new dojo gives students the foundation to develop and thrive, growing the aikido community.

Two years ago, we started training on 28 tatami. Our dojo lived in a closet on the third floor of Urban Grace church and came to life when we pulled it out two days a week. Since then, Tacoma Aikikai has grown to 40 members, including kids, teens, and adults. We still pull out the same 28 tatami (and put them away again) five days week for twelve hours of kids, adults, weapons, and iaido classes.

It’s because of you that this dojo purchase was possible. We are grateful for all the help we have had to get to this point, and we are excited to continue to train with you and to share aikido for decades to come.


Ea Murphy
Eric Gillet
Students of Tacoma Aikikai 


Donations (0)

  • Ginny Mattox 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Edward Fetzer 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Edward Fetzer 
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Joshua Knudson 
    • $200 
    • 5 mos
  • Deb Pastors 
    • $50 
    • 5 mos

Fundraising team: Tacoma Aikikai (5) 

Ea Murphy 
Raised $3,080 from 29 donations
Tacoma, WA
Eric Gillet 
Eric Gillet 
Team member
Raised $150 from 1 donation
Charles Emlet 
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Joshua Knudson 
Team member
This team raised $2,758 from 22 other donations.
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