Skokie Aikido
Skokie Park District
Devonshire Cultural Center
Dance Studio
4400 Greenwood
Skokie, IL

Skokie Park District

Aikido students practice cooperative uke /nage together in training.

What is Aikido?

Aikido is martial art based upon circular movements to redirect aggressive and offensive attacks back to the assailant. Aikido consists of purely defensive movements. For more practical defenses, sometimes atemi (punching and kicking) is used and illustrated in practice. Since Aikido techniques use one's own body movement and Ki (internal energy), rather than purely physical or muscular force to disable the attacker, it is an ideal martial art for women and children of small stature and frame. You need no prior martial arts experience or special bodybuilding, to practice Aikido.

 With our open format, anyone can start at any time. The class usually encompasses basics, lesser advanced Aikido techniques, and exercises. Should the class compliment becomes more advanced and it is deemed that the bulk of the students are prepared ‑‑ the instruction will extend the basic Aikido lessons further by being a bit more challenging. The class content becomes more advanced.

The Aikido classes seek to bring the concepts of Aikido closer to the practitioner through formal traditional classes and partnered practice. In Aikido practice, students focus on the coordination of the mind and body for better discipline, concentration, skill, and dexterity. In addition, relaxation through mediation, misogi breathing, and the use of Aikido techniques and exercises is an added benefit. Within the class structure, traditional martial lecture is interjected in the lessons for the exploration of Budo and Bushido culture to facilitate the understanding of this Japanese martial art.

Objective of Training

 The objective of training for the student is discipline, strengthen mind and body coordination skills through active practice on the mat, and to soften the temperament during training so that the student can truly become open and receptive to learning.

          Aikido class schedule:

Register at any Skokie Park District Facility

Youth Classes:
Tuesdays, Fridays - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Adult Classes:
Tuesdays, Fridays - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Sundays - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Register at any Skokie Park District Facility

Aikido Instructor

Cheryl Matrasko started Aikido in 1965, studying under Isao Takahashi, 7th Dan, as her first instructor. She enjoyed studying under many well known Aikido instructors during her tenure with Takahashi Sensei, such as Koichi Tohei 10th Dan, etc. and thereafter following Takahashi’s death in 1971. Cheryl has dedicated time with instructors in Northern Shaolin Long-Fist, Seven Stars Praying Mantis, and Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu to extend her martial arts education and perspectives. Currently, she is instructing Aikido at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus, Aikido World Dojo and supporting Aikido World Journal.

 For Information:
Cheryl Matrasko, 4th Dan
(847) 833- 0889




Training involves learning both the attacker's role as well as the defender's role.

If the attacker has a weak attack, this makes the defender's training less effective. If you don't know the dynamics of the attack, you will not fully be able to practice and understand the defense.

Instructors sometimes help the students as above. The training here is kokyu-dosa.

Above, one student is performing the nikkyo pin on her uke.

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Chicago, IL. 60656-0040