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Every technique of a martial art must be in accord with the truth of the universe. - Ueshiba Morihei

The Augusta Aikido Club has been in operation since 1989. Our first classes were held at the Westside YMCA on Wheeler Road, the facility that is now the home of the Wilson Family YMCA. In 1992 we moved to the YWCA a few blocks east on Wheeler Road. When the YWCA was closed in 2004 we moved to the Synergy Center on Central Avenue. When that facility closed in 2005 we moved a few blocks north to our current home at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue.

Dojo Location
Classes are held at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road in Augusta. Click here for a map from MapQuest showing the location of the synagogue, or here for a map from Google Maps. (The map will open in a new tab or window.)
Overhead image of Synagogue
Parking is at the rear of the building. Enter through the rightmost door as you face the rear of the building. Classes are held in the classrooms at the front of the building. When you enter the building, proceed to the end of the hallway and turn left. The classrooms are through the second and third doors on the right after the left turn. The building may not be open until approximately ten minutes before the scheduled class times shown below.
Please note: Club activities at the synagogue are limited to the hours shown below. Synagogue personnel have only limited information about our program. If you are interested, please contact the club directly (there is an e-mail link at the bottom of the page) or visit us during a scheduled class.
Because of synagogue security concerns it is no longer possible to leave the building unlocked during our classes; if you wish to visit a class, use the button to the left of the door to request entrance.
Class Times
Day          Time
Monday 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 PM
2021 Exceptions
Classes have resumed following the closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants are required to have been vaccinated.
Based on current CDC guidance, the use of face masks is not required.

There will be no class on Monday, September 6, for the Labor Day holiday.
There will be no classes on Wednesday and Thursday, September 15-16, due to conflicts with synagogue activities.
Because of the reduced schedule, the monthly fee for September is reduced to $30.
Fees: Classes cost $40 per month or $10 per day; students paying the monthly fee can attend all classes for the month. Class fees are $20/month or $5/day for additional members from the same family.

Students must be members of the United States Aikido Federation to receive rank; the USAF individual membership fee is $45/year and is ordinarily first collected when a student passes the 6th Kyu test.

Darrell Tangman Darrell Tangman, 7th Dan

Shihan, United States Aikido Federation. Began training under professor Taitetsu Unno in 1970, while a graduate student at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Major influences include Akira Tohei, Rodney Grantham (Aikido Center of Atlanta), Yoshimitsu Yamada, and Shoji Seki (Aikikai Hombu Dojo, at M.A.F. summer camp). Formerly Chief Instructor at Twin Cities Aikido Center and President of the Midwest Aikido Federation. Also teaches at Aikido Center of Atlanta.

Guest Instructor
Lamar Sanders Lamar Sanders, 5th Dan

Chief Instructor, Columbia Aikikai. Usually teaches here on the first Monday each month.

Founding Instructor
McLowery Elrod McLowery Elrod, Shodan (1st dan)

The founder of the Augusta Aikido Club. Dr. Elrod has relocated to the Athens area.

Assistant Instructor
Peter Shorall Peter Shorall, 3rd Kyu

Peter Shorall was the assistant instructor following Dr. Elrod's departure through 2006; he passed away unexpectedly on August 31, 2015.