Blue Heron Aikido

Middlebury, Vermont

Upcoming Events

Kimberly Richardson Seminar

“The techniques of Aikido are intended for us to use in examining the nature of power, to engage in uncompromising self-scrutiny, and to realize our potential as powerful, compassionate, self-aware human beings.” — Mary Heiny Sensei (6th Dan)

Welcome to the web site of Blue Heron Aikido. We are located in Middlebury, Vermont—the center of beautiful Champlain Valley. We are a non-affiliated dojo but we are closely tied to Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle Washington due to the fact that our Sensei, Jonathan Miller-Lane studied with Kimberly Richardson Sensei, sixth dan, for eight years before moving to Middlebury. Kimberly Sensei is a student of Mary Heiny Sensei and has also studied for several decades under Saotome Sensei, Ikeda Sensei and Tom Read Sensei. Motomichi Anno Sensei, Chief Instructor of Kumano Juku dojo in Shingu Japan also continues to shape Kimberly Sensei’s practice. Hence, at Blue Heron Aikido we attempt to honor the practice and spirit of these extraordinary Aikido Shihan in our daily practice.


Kimberly Richardson Seminar March 14th-16th

K-&-S-Hi-Fallweb2Blue Heron Aikido Welcomes Kimberly Richardson Sensei, 6th Dan, and Dan McAbee Sensei, 5th Dan, to Vermont for a weekend Aikido seminar.

Class Schedule:

Friday, March 14th: 6:30-8:00pm — Class with Richardson Sensei at Vermont Aikido in Burlington.

Saturday, March 15th: 10:30am-12:30pm– Class with Richardson Sensei at Blue Heron Aikido in Middlebury.
Saturday, March 15th: 2:30pm-4:30pm– Class with Richardson Sensei at Blue Heron Aikido in Middlebury.
Saturday, March 15th: 6:00pm-9:30pm — Potluck hosted by Miller-Lane Sensei in Middlebury.

Sunday, March 16th: 1:00pm-4:30pm — Aikibojitsu with McAbee Sensei in the Dance Theater at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts.


$40 per class or $110 for the weekend






Next Beginner Series: February 18 – March 13

Poster 2014-02We welcome all newcomers to join us for for a one-month Aikido introduction series. This series will focus on the fundamental teachings and techniques of Aikido to ensure that all participants start their journey with a solid footing.

Classes are mixed youth and adults providing a unique opportunity for adults and youth to train together. Ages 12 and up. No prior experience necessary. Students must come to at least one class each week.

The introductory series runs from Tuesday, February 18 to Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Class times: Tue, & Thurs 5:30-6:45 pm
Location: The Blue Heron dojo at the Municipal Gym.
Fee: $50

After the conclusion of the one-month beginner series entrants may continue training with the dojo for the remainder of March for no additional fee. (Regular training fees are $35 per month).

While students are welcome to wear a white keikogi, no special clothes or equipment are needed. Loose-fitting or stretchy athletic pants (sweatpants or similar) and a tee shirt are fine.

For more information email or call Holly Weir: 802-453-2042






Schedule Change: Monday January 20th

On Monday, January 20, 2014 class will be held at 5:30pm rather than 7pm.

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