Fudo Shin Tai Aikido   

Joseph Marconi, Sensei 

Dojo of Corona




Starting the next Session, September 14th to December 14th, we will move to the new Circle City Center at 365 N. Main Street, Corona. This move will allow more room for practice, and better parking for all.

Classes will still be on Wednesday evenings, but an hour earlier. 5:30 to 6:30 for the Youth Class, 6:30 to 7:30 for the beginning Class and 7:30 to 9:00 pm for the Intermediate Class.

We will miss the Gymnastics Room at the Gymnasium. almost all of our history is in that room, nut it is time to write new chapters in this school.

We look forward to seeing you there. Register at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/corona-ca/catalog



Aikido is a defensive martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba early in the 20th century, and is based in the traditions of the samurai warriors.


In conjunction with the City of Corona Parks and Recreation department, Aikido courses have been taught in Corona since 1955.  The dojo continues to serve the residents of the City of Corona as well as the surrounding communities.


Fudo Shin Tai Aikido is a style of aikido created by Tom Van Cise sensei and Terry McCarthy sensei, and traces its roots to the Yoseikan style of aikido.


We welcome everyone to take this opportunity to visit our dojo, meet the instructors, and watch the courses in session.  One of the founders of the dojo, Elise Marie Simmons will be there, as well as Terry McCarty, who recently retired as head sensei.

"The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything."

- O'Sensei


Our Newest Dojo Cho!


Terry McCarthy, Sensei has decide to step away from active teaching here at Fudo Shin Tai Aikido, promoting Joseph Marconi, Sensei to lead instructor, Dojo Cho, of our school.

McCarthy, Sensei, Soke of Fudo Shin Tai Aikido, will continue in this capacity, guiding the instruction of this style of aikido.

Thank you Terry for your tireless effort in leading and instructing this school for the last 19 years and congratulations, Joseph!

Our Latest Shodan!

On December 19th, 2019, Tim Fuentes became the latest Black Belt promoted in this school. He worked diligently for seven years to accomplish this goal. Congratulations, Tim! Now the real lessons begin!

Facebook and Instagram

There is a new link to our facebook page and will be adding a link to Instagram as well. Please check it out and "like"!

A Brief History........

Elise and Robert Simmons laid the foundation of this school in the late Fifties. From 1958 to 1966 Bob and Elise worked with then famous martial artist and author, Bruce Tegner in Hollywood, CA. In 1964....(See History)

 Why Aikido?

AI- Harmony, to Harmonize

KI- The Universal Life force or energy

DO- A way or Path

The Way to Harmonize Energy

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses strikes, locks, pins and throws, as well as the opponent's energy to control their balance and control the attacker. Because of this, strength and size is not necessarily an advantage, and in many instances, a hindrance, Aikido is well suited to women, children and the elderly.

Students learn Conditioning (Aiki Taiso), Falls and Rolls (Ukemi), Techniques (Waza), Stance (Kamae),  and Breath Control (Kokyu Ho). This allows the students to practice safely, building up speed and control over time. It also allows students to practice well into their advanced years with less chance of injury.



Morihei Ueshiba, O'sensei 

Founder of Aikido


Morihei Ueshiba was the founder of Aikido. His life was the thing that heroes and adventurers are made of. Enlisted in the Army during the Russo-Japanese War, studied Daito-Ryu under Sokaku Takeda (described as an "unparalleled swordsman in his time, and "possessing a level of skilled that was almost divine" ), joined Onisiburo Deguchi, the Guru of Omoto-Kyo and becoming a loyal disciple, engaged in the ill-fated Mongolian Incident, survived the destruction that came with WWII, and discovered the revelation that through peace, not war, was the true Way of the Warrior.

Throughout his entire adult life, O'sensei (Great Teacher) as he is often refer to as, cultivated, nurtured, refined, and disseminated the waza, ki and spiritual foundation of the martial art we know of today as Aikido. 

He died as he lived, teaching Aikido shortly before he passed away from liver cancer, at the age of 85.