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About Denver Buddhist Temple Aikido


Aikido is a Japanese martial art incorporating defensive techniques against an attack from a distance.


DBT Aikido was founded as an affiliate organization of the Denver Buddhist Temple in 1995 by Sensei Ronald Abo, Rokudan (sixth degree black belt in Tomiki Aikido), Sandan (third degree black belt in Hombu Aikido) and his wife Lisa Abo, Nidan (Second degree black belt). Sensei Ron Abo has practiced Aikido since 1978.  We practice a sports style of Aikido known as Tomiki Aikido.  Tomiki Aikido differs from traditional (Hombu or Aikikai style) Aikido, in that we have freestyle randori or competitive matches.  Tomiki style Aikido was developed by Professor Kenji Tomiki at Waseda University in the 1960’s.  Professor Tomiki was a Hachidan (eight degree black belt) in both Aikido and Judo.  Professor Tomiki was a senior student of O’Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.  Both Sensei Ron and Lisa Abo study under Shihan Seiji Tanaka, Hachidan (eighth degree black belt), a student of Sensei Kenji Tomiki. Ron Abo and Seiji Tanaka are founding member of Tomiki Sport Aikido Association USA and we are affiliated with Japan Aikido Association headquartered at Wasada University, Tokyo, Japan


At DBT Aikido, beginners are welcome to join at any time. 
Our class schedule is as follows:

Adults: Mondays and Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Children: Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
We encourage parents to participate with their children.

Our fees are:
$50 per month (unlimited classes)
$35 per month for members of the Temple.
Children (4-12 yo):
$25 per month ($15 for each additional child)
$20 per month ($10 for each additional child) for Temple members

SPECIAL OFFER - First two classes are free! Beginner classes are on Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm


Aikido is a martial art and as such, a discipline.  Classes are not offered as beginner, intermediate or advanced because there is no distinction as to proficiency or skill.  The main distinction is the time spent practicing this art that incorporates and develops your mind, body and spirit.  You cannot expect to learn Aikido in a few lessons or even in a year or even in 10 years of practice.  Your Aikido evolves each time you get on the mat.  O’Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba said  “Always approach Aikido with the mind of a beginner”


We have testing and belt rankings.  Tests are offered twice a year, in June and December.  The main purpose of testing is to provide feedback to the student as to their progress.  


You may join our class at any time or come to observe.  Entrance into the Buddhist Temple gym is through the parking garage at the corner of 20th and Larimer.  Enter the garage on Larimer (parking is free for Aikido).  Go to the second level and enter through the orange door.  There is a walkway that will lead to another door directly to the gym.  You may wear judo or karate gi or long sleeve sweat shirt and pants.  There are locker rooms for changing.


Thank you for your interest in DBT Aikido, We hope to see you soon.


Sensei Ronald and Lisa Abo




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Affiliate Programs

Organizations affiliate with the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temples (TSDBT) to offer training and education in Japanese art and culture at the Temple. Each organization operates independently. TSDBT is pleased to host these organizations to offer you a variety of opportunities to explore Japanese American culture. All organizations meet at the Denver Buddhist Temple, 1947 Lawrence Street.


Aikido, literally translated: the way to be in harmony with one's spirit, is a self-defensive martial art that uses balance, timing and agility to redirect and neutralize an attack. We practice Tomiki or a sports style of Aikido.

Meeting place: Temple Gym Meeting times:
Monday and Thursday 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Contact: Sensei Ron Abo (5th dan) 720-236-7977 or

Buddhist Womens Association

The Buddhist Women's Association assists with various Temple-related activities ranging from cooking fundraisers to nursing and homebound visits and funeral receptions.  

Craft Class

This group meets monthly to promote Japanese culture through hand crafts. Anyone interested in Japanese hand crafts is welcome. The group has a different project each month. Cost is $5 plus cost of supplies. Please call in advance to confirm date and time.

Meeting place: Temple Auditorium
Meeting Times: 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - noon.
Contact: Ms. JoAnne Adair, 303-333-8155

DBT Choir

DBT Karate

Denver Bonsai Club

Everyone is welcome to join the Denver Bonsai Club, a group of folks practicing the ancient art of growing miniature trees and plants.

Denver Taiko

Denver Taiko, founded in 1976, is an ensemble of third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese Americans honoring Japanese cultural heritage through the exhilarating performance art of taiko drumming. Go to their website to learn about scheduling a performance, listening to a practice session or taking lessons. Meeting place: Temple Basement

Meeting times: Tuesdays/Sundays

Junior Denver Taiko

Junior Denver Taiko Group shares this same tradition with the younger generation of Japanese Americans. Some of the older kids join Denver Taiko after training with the Junior group. Junior Denver Taiko spans ages 8 to 18 with three groups that practice every Sunday after services at the Denver Buddhist Temple.

Meeting place: Temple Basement Meeting times: Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Ms. Aiko Kimura, 303-465-0083 (h) or

DBT Judo

Judo or the “The Gentle Way” is a martial art developed in the late 1800s by Professor Jigoro Kano and has its roots in the ancient art of the Samurai, Jujutsu.  Judo emphasizes the use of leverage rather than the use of strength to overcome an attack.  It is a grappling discipline emphasizing the use of throws, pins, strangulations and joint locks.  It is practiced worldwide and has been an Olympic sport since 1964.  The Denver Buddhist Temple Judo Dojo began teaching The Gentle Way in 1953.  Back then it was known as the Denver School of Judo and was the first Judo school in Denver.  People from all walks of life enjoy Judo for recreation, physical fitness, competition and self-defense.   Join us!

Who: Males and Females, Age 5 years and older can participate in Judo

When: Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: Denver Buddhist Temple Gym, 1947 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202. Enter gym from the catwalk on the second level of the parking garage on Larimer St.

How Much: $30 / Month. Add $10 for each additional member from the same household.

For More Information contact:

Sensei Thom Sakata, Cell: 303-518-4639


Sensei Brian Levitt, Cell: 303-638-7419



Humu Humu Ukelele Club

Karaoke Club

Minyou Kai Club

Adults of all ages practice traditional Japanese folk dances. Every dance means something different and every dance has a story to tell. Minyo dancers lead community dances annually at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Contact Donna Noguchi for practice times and how to join or find them on Facebook.

Meeting place: Temple basement

Meeting times: Mondays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Donna Noguchi, 303-452-1030 or


Adults gather to play volleyball and enjoy life. To join or confirm a session, contact Ms. Lorraine Hisamoto.

Meeting place: Temple Gym

Meeting times: Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Contact: Ms. Lorraine Hisamoto,

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