Youth Aikido


Registration and payment can be completed online. Participants must sign liability waiver and concussion awareness forms prior to participation. The SDC is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please do not leave valuables unattended.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial arts training that focuses on the power of body movements and momentum. Rather than punches and kicks, students learn blocking, rolling, locking, and throwing movements to control the force of an opponent. It’s a great way for children and teens to gain confidence, practice focus and concentration, and learn non-violent strategies for self-defense.

Level 3 - minimum age is 11

Level 4 - minimum age is 13 with instructor permission. Level 4 children must follow direction in the use of props/tools (plastic staffs and swords, wood staffs) without horseplay. The instructor may withdraw a child from the class if they cannot use the props as instructed.


SDC Studio

Special Requirements

Uniforms are required and are available for purchase for $35 on the first day of class. For more information, contact Mark at

Spring Session 2: March 14 - April 22, 2022 - CANCELLED


  • Level 3 (age 11+) - Friday, 7:15-8:15pm
  • Level 4 (age 13+ with approval) - Monday/Wednesday 8:15-9:15pm, Friday 7:15-8:45pm


  • Level 3: $37.50
  • Level 4: $63 

About the Instructor

Mark Campbell-Olszewski is the coordinator of the Aikido program at Michigan Tech. He has studied Aikido under Mitsugi Saotome Sensei for over 26 years and holds the rank of 4th-degree black belt. He received his master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1983. Mark considers Aikido a perfect blend of his two passions—martial art and psychology—and considers himself privileged to teach these principles to community children and adults.

The Aikido program at Michigan Tech is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) an international organization under the umbrella of the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters.