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NEW ADDRESS ANNOUNCEMENT.  MARCH 1, 2019 Open Sky will move  starting March 1, 2019. Our new home will be at the Hillsborough United Church of Christ (HUCC), 200 Davis Rd., Hillsborough, NC. In this time of transition we are not offering children’s classes. Teens are welcome to train with adults in Aikido. There will be no classes missed in the daily schedule. Open Sky’s senior students are in the planning process for  building our own facility.

Open Sky offers classes in two martial arts: traditional aikido for adults and teens, and Chen-style tai chi classes for adults. Adult Aikido is offered 6 days a week; Tai Chi twice a week.

Prospective new students or parents of students are always welcome to watch any class – please see our dojo schedule for times and visiting etiquette.

Our chief instructor, Steve Kaufmann, Shihan (master teacher), is a 6th degree black belt in aikido and long-time student of tai chi, with over 40 years of practice and teaching. Open Sky is an official member dojo of the United States Aikido Federation, and hosts seminars with top USAF instructors each year. Both Steve & Jesse Kaufmann are Tai Chi students of Chen-style Tai Chi Grand Master Wang Hai Jun, and we host semi-annual seminars with him at Open Sky.

Location: Open Sky is located in the Triangle region of North Carolina, an easy drive from Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Mebane, and Efland. See our contact page for driving directions.


UPCOMING SEMINARS:   Wang Hai Jun for 3-day Tai Chi seminar March 1-3, 2019. See the events page for more details about upcoming Aikido seminars and our regular seminars with Tai Chi Grand Master Wang Hai Jun. 

NOW ENROLLING WINTER 2019. See schedule page. Beginning Adult Tai Chi Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm., January 9- Feb. 27, 2019.