Extend Ki



A Place for Deeper Training... Traditional Martial Arts, Cultural Classes and Mind Body Fitness


"Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something." -Morihei Ueshiba

About Us

This center was founded in the tradition of Fumio Toyoda Shihan's Japanese Cultural Center in Chicago and is dedicated to propagating his teachings.

"Shugyo" is a Japanese term with no direct translation into English. It can refer to the deepest level of training, where the student takes what they learn "on the mat" into other aspects of their daily lives. It takes energy, mindfulness, dedication, repetition, consistency, and concentration. It may involve intentional, sincere effort to push beyond one's perceived boundaries - or even to be embroiled in a situation which pushes one past these boundaries. It is a stage which usually develops naturally as one stays on a path of discovery.

Likewise, the emphasis in all of our programs is on each art as a practice, a deepening, a self-reflection, a path of self-improvement and of positive change - not just as sport or physical activity. We are fortunate to have connected with instructors with a like mindset and philosophy, even as diverse as the various training paths may appear. And yet each of these programs can be physically intense, provide great exercise, and help one build up a good sweat.

Shugyo Cultural Center is the home-base of Onshinkan Dojo a member of Sosei Aikido Kyokai.

We are fortunate to train with instructors closely associated to the origins of Aikido. Our Chief Instructor, Elisabeth Menning started her training as Uchideshi (traditional live-in student) to Fumio Toyoda Shihan. Our kyu and dan grades are recognized by Hombu Dojo in Japan. We are a NO CONTRACT Dojo.

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Phone: (219) 736-7854


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9117 Indiana Place, Merrillville, IN 46410


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