Brave Spirit Aikido

Welcome to the home of Brave Spirit Aikido.  A Modern Martial Arts Experience.

Classes are held weekly and you are welcome to stop by anytime to watch or try a class!

We are currently training with out friends at Intermountain Aikido in the Copperview Recreation Center, located at 8446 Harrison St in Midvale.

Aikido Kanji

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that emphasizes harmony. You will learn to accept the incoming energy of an attack and blend with the attacker to control the situation, avoiding injury and bringing peaceful resolution to potential conflict.

Aikido teaches you to become stronger and more flexible, both physically and mentally. The training process brings challenges that equip you to deal more smoothly with life�s everyday difficulties. You will gain confidence and a greater awareness of yourself and the world around you.

Skill in Aikido is not based on size or strength, therefore it is studied by men and women of all ages and levels of physical ability. Beginners are always welcome and you will be amazed at what you can learn in even one class!

Szczepanski Sensei Throwing Jeremy Neff

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or would like any additional information.



Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
6:30-8:30PM 7:30-8:30PM 7:30-8:30PM

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Aikido Taught:

Aikido techniques are taught in a gentle and smooth manner. The program is designed to provide an opportunity to safely explore all aspects of this dynamic martial art. Aikido practice initially emphasizes correct mechanical form and precise movements. Once proper movement is ingrained, connecting with one’s partner becomes the focus. From there, timing becomes natural, and smooth harmonious techniques begin to emerge.

What types of techniques are taught in Aikido:

In Aikido we grow and learn by not only studying the application of joint locks, throws and pins, but also by learning how to receive these techniques from our partners safely.

Who Can Learn Aikido:

Skill in Aikido is not based on size or strength, therefore it is studied by men and women of all ages and levels of physical ability. Classes are conducted in a manner that allows students to train at their own pace.

What to Wear:

Aikido is regularly practiced in a gi, which is a durable, traditional Japanese uniform that does not impede movement. For your first one or two months of practice, you are welcome to wear something comfortable and modest that you can move freely in such as sweat-clothes. Please, no jewelry, perfume, cologne, blue jeans or shorts on the mat. If you continue training with us, we ask you to wear a standard practice gi. We can assist you with selecting and purchasing a gi.


About the Instructors

While we train with our friends at Intermountain Aikido, classes are conducted by Jeremy Neff, Chief Instructor. Photo of Mark Szczepanski, Aikido Instructor

Assisting is Mark Szczepanski, Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt), certified by the Aikido Association of America (AAA) in Aikido Instruction. Szczepanski Sensei (Japanese form of address for a teacher) began studying Aikido in 2000 under Blaine Feyen Sensei,Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt), Founder and Chief Instructor of the Toyoda Aikido and MMA Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Feyen Sensei spent several years as an Uchi-Deshi (live-in student) of Fumio Toyoda Shihan, the founder of the Aikido Association of America. Feyen Sensei instilled in his students an indomitable training ethic and a solid foundation for instructional methodology.

Szczepanski Sensei is also the AAA Western Region Director and continues his study of Aikido travelling to dojos in the US, the Middle East and Japan.

In addition to Aikido, Szczepanski Sensei also has a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and studies S.R.T defensive tactics under Master Brett Lechtenberg at Personal Mastery Martial Arts in Sandy, UT


About the Aikido Association of America

The goal of the AAA, as defined by its late founder Fumio Toyoda Shihan (master teacher), is to raise the quality of American Aikido instruction to its highest level. Towards this end, the AAA emphasizes strong Aikido technique, legitimate instructors, and clear teaching methodology. The organization provides support and guidance to its instructors, members, and affiliated dojo. It offers standardized test requirements, training seminars and camps (local, regional, and national), and instructor training and certification. Toyoda Shihan, known for his powerful and dynamic Aikido as well as for his unique and effective teaching methodology, would give personal attention to students of all levels. His personal goal, and the guiding vision of Aikido Association of America, was to promote the art of Aikido. Toyoda Shihan was succeeded by his son, Tatsuo Toyoda Sensei.


Contact Us

Classes are currenty held at Copperview Recreation Center in Midvale

8446 Harrison St
Midvale, UT 84047

Call us: 801-948-0952

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