Aiki Budo of Denver



Aiki Budo of Denver offers Aikido, Kenjutsu, and Iaido training in Denver, Colorado.

Aikido Shimbokukai Logo Aiki Budo of Denver is a member of the Aikido Shimbokukai, an Officially Recognized Organization by the Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu Dojo) and the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.

Enrollment is ongoing for new students with or without prior martial arts experience.


  Wash Park Martial Arts
1073 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209
  (720) 232-7605


Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei, as a synthesis of his studies of classical Japanese martial arts, such as Jujutsu and Kenjutsu, and his spiritual beliefs. Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent's attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique. The goal of Aikido is to allow for self defense without causing serious injury to the attacker.


Kenjutsu is a classical Japanese martial art of swordmanship. Kenjutsu practice usually consists of partnered training using wooden swords (bokken). It may also include training against multiple attackers, and training with other weapons, such as short staff (jo) and wooden knives (tanto). Katsujin Kenjutsu is a style of close quarters Japanese swordmanship developed by Bruce Heckathorn Sensei.


Iaido is a modern Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack. Iaido practitioners use a blunt metal sword (iaito) in solo practice.


Bruce Heckathorn Sensei, Chief Instructor

Bruce Heckathorn

Bruce Heckathorn began his study of Iwama-Ryu Aikido in the mid 1990s. He is the creator of the sword discipline of Katsujin Kenjutsu. Presently, Bruce is a student of both Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan and Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, and holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt).

Bruce's 30 years of martial arts training began in the 1980s while serving in the United States Air Force as a member of the 2nd Combat Comm Group of the Tactical Air Command. He is also a small arms expert.

Vimesh Patel, Assistant Instructor

Vimesh started participating in martial arts at the age of 15. He studied Isshinryu Karate, Goju-ryu Karate, Kenpo Karate, combat Judo, sport Judo, and Ninjitsu, before discovering Iaido and Aikido. He holds a Green belt rank in Isshinryu Karate, a Yellow belt rank in Judo, a Shodan rank (first degree black belt) in Kenpo Karate, a Green belt rank in Ninjitsu, and a Nidan (second degree black belt) rank in Aikido. He also has about 5 years of experience in Iaido.

Eric Laverdiere, Assistant Instructor

Eric started Aikido under Albright Sensei 2011 and holds the rank of Shodan (first degree black belt). He also has about 2 years of experience in Iaido, and experience in both Karate and Kendo.

Class Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Principles of Aikido
6:30-7:45 pm
Principles of Aikido
6:30-7:45 pm
Aikido for Kids
6:30-7:30 pm
7:45-8:30 am
7:45-8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Ben Edelen will be leading class, January 18, 2018

Ben is a Judo shodan, Aikido sandan, and violence researcher. He has been a direct student of: Gregory Olson, Tres Hofmeister, Hiroshi Ikeda, Jonathan Lewis, and Daniel Messisco. His research consists of investigating what is unique about Aikido's contribution to the constellation of martial arts, as well as how to advance Aikido training beyond technical rehearsal into the realm of unscripted play (randori) that we instinctively desire from all physical activity.