Our New Location
The Baltimore Aikido lease on our wonderful space in Federal Hill is comming to an end this spring, and the location isn't working so well for us any more so we're moving. We've found another wonderful space in an old mill on the West bank of the Jones Falls, across from the Pepsi bottling plant. The ring that holds together the Capitol dome in Washington DC was cast in an iron works across the road in the other direction.
We plan to begin instruction at the Woodberry location sometime after the first of he year, but possibly sooner. And there will be a few days when when we have the mats taken apart at old place but not yet assembled at the new place. So watch this space or contanct us before comming to see us.
Our Current Address
1024 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
From North of Baltimore
Take I-83 South (Jones Falls Expressway) to St. Paul St. exit (exit 4) and continue onto St. Paul St. going south. Take St. Paul south 1.7 miles (till you are passing the Inner Harbor) and then St. Paul turns into Light St. Continue on Light St. 0.2 miles. Baltimore Aikido is on the second floor of a building located on Light Street between Poultney Street and Cross Street. The entrance to the dojo is located on Poultney Street.
From South of Baltimore
Take I-95 North towards Baltimore. Continue on I-95 to I-395 North. Take I-395 North towards Downtown/Inner Harbor. Stay left to continue towards Inner Harbor. Turn right onto West Conway Street. Continue on West Conway Street until it ends at Light Street. Turn right onto Light Street heading south. Continue on Light Street through three lights. Baltimore Aikido is on the second floor of a building located on Light Street between Poultney Street and Cross Street. The entrance to the dojo is located on Poultney Street.
Light Rail: Get off at the Hamburg Street stop and walk East eight or nine blocks to Light Street and then one block South to Poultney. Hamburg Street is one stop South of Camden Yards.
Local Omnibus: The Number 64 Bus thunders down Light Street with some regularity.
Charm City Circulator: The Purple Route is now operating seven days a week from Penn Station to Federal Hill and free.
- A detailed Map of South Baltimore indicating the dojo’s location;
- A flier in PDF showing the location of the long-term parking meters.
We are located in a wonderful part of Baltimore, but being wonderful a lot of people want to park here.
- West Street Garage Parking is usually $7 per day. The exceptions are Ravens’ games and some other events. This is usually last resort.
- Street parking kiosks are in effect until 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Sundays, there is no charge.
- Read parking signs carefully when parking in surrounding neighborhoods. You will be ticketed if you are illegal!! Be especially careful during stadium events, you will be towed!
- Do not park in the lot behind the dojo. You will be towed! Please note, the parking metering on light street is now in effect until 9pm, seven days a week.
See our Notes for Beginners for details but to summarize: New members may join at anytime. We ask that prospective students watch a class prior to participation. After viewing a class, prospective students are welcome to participate in a few classes to determine if Aikido is for them. During the trial phase, it is fine to wear comfortable work out clothing. Mat fees for individual classes are $10 per day.
We ask that people coming to the dojo regularly join and begin paying monthly dues. Monthly dues are $75 and family rates are available; the first month's dues may be pro-rated. Once the decision has been made to join the dojo, it is also appropriate to purchase a white training uniform (Gi). Both karate-style and judo-style gi are appropriate.
Please contact us or stop on by. We enjoy meeting new people.