Brooklyn Aikido Center

Brooklyn Aikido Center: Hoshinkan Dojo

Offering training in the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido. Serving the community of Kensington, Brooklyn and its surrounding neighborhoods.

About Us

Brooklyn Aikido Center provides training of both body and mind through the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido.

Students develop self-protection skills that are dynamic. Aikido inspires personal development to increase confidence, calmness, and focus. Training challenges both the body and mind bringing fitness beyond just the physical.

Ultimately we aim to help students evolve their ability to assess their interactions with others in real time — to use this ability to make the bad better and the better remarkable.

Aikido Programs

As a member of Zenshinkai Aikido Association, our dojo offers a traditional martial arts experience. We offer quality instruction based on the foundation set by the late Shihan Fumio Toyoda. The name “Hoshinkan” dojo (“Original Mind School”) was given to the dojo by Greg Noble Sensei.

We offer a comprehensive Adult Program (13+), Youth Progam (7-12), and an Aiki Kids program (4-6).

Chief Instructor

Seth Giammanco Sensei is the chief instructor at Brooklyn Aikido Center. He began his training in 2002 as a student of Jikishinkan Aikido Dojo under Stewart Johnson Sensei. Currently, he is ranked as Yondan (4th degree black belt).

Today Giammanco Sensei is a student of G. Noble Sensei and has affiliated Brooklyn Aikido Center with the Zenshinkai Aikido Association (ZAA). He also serves as a member of the ZAA’s national Teaching Committee.

Giammanco Sensei has a background in elementary education. He finds the continuous improvement that training in the the Art of Aikido offers a life-altering challenge and source of enjoyment. Off the mat, he works with a design and digital team that works with nonprofit organizations.

Beginner Students

Beginners are always welcome. Attending our regularly scheduled classes, beginner students are safely guided and supported as they are immersed in Aikido training. For beginners, early emphasis is placed on learning to roll and fall, on basic body movement, and on relaxation. These are foundational elements of Aikido practice.