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 every day except Tuesdays; Tai Chi classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

While building out a new location, Open Sky is temporarily located 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.

Prospective new students or parents of students are always welcome to watch any class – please see schedule page 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 and Jesse Kaufmann are Tai Chi students of Chen-style Tai Chi Grand Master Wang Haijun. We host semi-annual seminars with him in March and November.

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

See the events page for more details about upcoming Aikido seminars and our regular seminars with Tai Chi Grand Master Wang Haijun.