About Aiko

Calm the spirit, return to the source...

Aiko Institute was named in a plane flying over the Pacific ocean to Japan in late 2004. Aiko is Aikido founder’s posthumous name – Aiko no Mikoto – made from the characters for Love and Light. Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei, Aikido’s founder, is said to enjoy the play on the character for Love as it is pronounced the same way as the first character in Aikido – which means Harmony.

Since its inception in 2004, Aiko Institute has brought experiential education to the community through its classes, workshops, and service-oriented practices. The hallmark of experiential education is its integrative nature; offering to the body and mind lessons that cultivate a person, that stimulate interest and excitement, that exercise and relax a person.

Our Instructor

Suzan Perry is the founder and President of Aiko Institute. She holds several credentials pertinent to her position with Aiko Institute: a PhD in Philosophy, a Rokudan (6th degree blackbelt) in Aikido, and a Godan (5th degree blackbelt) in Japanese Calligraphy. She continues to develop her skills in the eastern arts that she has been studying for over 41 years.

Perry is a practicing zen brush artist residing in Mt. Baldy, CA. Suzan’s work is on display and offered for sale at Pomona Valley Artist Association’s SOHO gallery located in Montclair Place (Plaza) in Montclair, CA. She has shown extensively in local venues as well as in juried art exhibitions of the PVAA and AAIE where her artwork has won awards.

Find work by Suzan Perry at: https://brightmoon.studio/

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