An Official Tenshin Dojo
 Please come visit us at our Location! at the,
 HOWLAND PLACE at 304 Bolton St. 4th floor in New Bedford!) Largest Aikido Dojo Space in the area and Plenty of parking space!



Aikido Of Bristol County
 is a Tenshin Aikido Dojo offering a practical and unique style of Aikido....

  Aikido of Bristol County
provides students with unparalleled instruction in the Japanese Martial Art of self-defense called Aikido by providing positive stress and challenge for students and teachers to reach their full potential, physical and mental, also to provide powerful methods for protecting ourselves from the disadvantages both inherited and adopted by our society. Observing and promoting the ideals and traditions of Aikido under the direction of John Araujo Sensei, Providing a safe and relaxed atmosphere for new and experienced students to learn and grow.

Teaching a solid foundation of Basic Movements and Basic Techniques which serve as the foundation for the students' continued growth and learning at much higher levels, To develop discipline, self-confidence, self-control, self-reliance to protect their selves and love ones. Providing an inner strength to develop a healthy body, mind and natural reflexes. Fostering an open-minded environment and offering a variety of programs to broaden the understanding of Martial Arts in general.

Classes at Aikido Of Bristol County are conducted in a friendly yet traditional atmosphere. Students learn correct etiquette in conjunction with their physical training.Through earnest, realistic and sincere training, the students of Aikido Of Bristol County will learn the true meaning of Aikido.

                    Morning classes with Inst Mark Dufresne
       Aikido Of Bristol County runs a 7 day a week schedule!
Classes & Schedule;

(Morning Class) Monday 8:30am - 9:30am  (Aikido)
Monday 5:30pm - 630pm (Weapons)  6:30pm - 7:30pm   (Aikido)
Tuesday 6:00 - 6:30 (Misogi - meditation) 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Aikido)
(Morning Class) Wednesday 8:30am - 9:30am (Aikido)

Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Weapons)  6:30pm - 8:00pm  (Aikido)
Thursday 6:00 - 6:30 (Misogi - meditation) 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Aikido)

(Morning Class) Friday 8:30am - 9:30am (Aikido)

Friday 6:30pm - 7:30pm (Aikido)

Saturday 9:00am - 11:00am (Aikido)  11:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Aikido)

 (Military, All Law Enforcement, Fire Depts, & College Student Discount)

                              WHY CHOOSE AIKIDO OF BRISTOL COUNTY?

~ Classes 7 days a week morning & evenings
                                        train as often as you want

                                    ~ Instructors dedicated to your success
~ Largest Aikido School in Area
                                    ~ Student and  family plans
~ Weapons training

          Aikido Of Bristol County in a non profit 501(c)3 organization
                                            EIN: 32-0453357

Mission Statement

It is the goal and purpose of Aikido Of Bristol County to pass down the true message of Aikido and to nurture a better society by creating individuals of responsibility, compassion, judgement, and character.

From the ByLaws…

Specific Purposes

To create an interest and motivation within the general public to practice the Japanese non-violent art of aikido;

To encourage individuals, or groups of individuals, to practice aikido;

To promote aikido as a positive and effective vehicle for self improvement and spiritual growth;

To promote educational programs that teach aikido techniques, models and processes as a harmonious way through conflict, both in practice and everyday live;

To advance aikido as a means of transforming the stresses of everyday life into opportunities for personal growth and development; Etc.

John Araujo Sensei is the founder of his own organization/federation Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation and Currently organized under an independent martial arts federation. This dojo maintains an open door policy and everyone is welcome to train with us. We are an independent dojo and we're not affiliated to any US based Aikido organizations. Aikido was created by Ueshiba Morihei. He is the father of Aikido. We all have different teachers but we all share the same father. As such we are all brother and sisters in aikido. By maintaining our independence, this gives us the ability to attend and seminar, workshop, or special camp of any aikido organization. Organizations tend to stifle it's members; Like if you're part of 123 Aikido Organization you cannot attend ABC Aikido Organization's. For more info on the Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation click on our Federation page


The Howland Place
304 Bolton St. 4th FL
Suite 401
Mailing Address: 651 Orchard St.
Suite 401
New Bedford, Ma 02744

(508) 542-9437

Upcoming Schedule of Events/Seminars...

                                       (Tenshin Seminar's)


By popular demand Live Blade Cuttting Seminar coming soon! Keep looking for updates..  



Women's self-awareness & self defense class!    
Saturday September 26, 2015
Time: 12pm - 2pm

Where - Aikido of Bristol County
at the Howland Place 4th fl
 New Bedford, Ma 02740

For more info please call
Instructor John Araujo at 508-542-9437

Cost: Donation $15

 One in five women is likely to be assaulted in her lifetime

A rape happens once every 5 minutes in the U.S.

You will know the rapist 75% of the time All women live with a certain level of risk of violent crime. Statistics show that a woman now 21 years old has a 1 in 4 chance of experiencing a violent crime in her lifetime. For them, much information is already available about how to reduce their risk (stay alert) and how to respond if something bad happens (fight back).

The Bottom Line is YOU are Responsible for YOUR Own Well Being, Helping Yourself.

2015 Tenshin Seminar Schedule's Below!

September 25, 26, & 27, 2015 John Araujo Sensei will be conducting a Tenshin Aikido Seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil !

Sept 25, 26, & 27, 2015 !

Our friends at Tanti Dojo of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be hosting John Araujo Sensei as their instructor. This is a big international event with instructors from all over the world including Japan and several hundred students. All are welcome to join us in Brazil for a fun filled time! Also please visit for more info


October 3, 2015 Manjiro Festival in Fairhaven, Ma

   Aikido Of Bristol County & John Araujo Sensei has been ask again to demo at the Manjiro Festival held in Fairhaven, Ma.

More than 30 visitors from Japan will be there as it puts on the big party to celebrate a realationship between Fairhaven and Japan that started more than 170 years ago! 


 November 12-14 , 2015

        Workshop & Black Belt testing       
conducted by John Araujo Sensei 
(Black Belt testing on Saturday Nov, 14 
by invitations only)

Workshop all welcome!

Workshop will be held at the Bushido Tenshin Aikido Federation Headquarters right here at Aikido Of Bristol County in New Bedford, Ma. for more info please call us!


January 2016!

  1st Annual Tenshin Aikido Seminar Januray, 2016 in Livermore, California!
John Araujo Sensei will be in California visiting and teaching at his affiliated dojo in California which will be hosted by Michael Rosa Sensei Dojo-Cho of Aikido Of Alameda County Tenshin Dojo, located inside Darcio Lira Brazilian Jiujitsu, 1601 Railroad Ave, Suite A Livermore, Ca 94550

Fee $65

Email or call us for more info!



 Back to Richland, Washington  May, 18 - 22 2016! 

John Araujo Sensei will be in back in Richland, Wa at his affiliated dojo!

 Hosted by Brandon Needham Sensei Dojo-Cho of Tri-City Aikido Tenshin Dojo, 1930 Saint Street
Richland, WA. 99354

(Private seminar for B.T.F members or by invitation only)

Members fee for entire seminar $35
Non-Members fee $50 (by invitation only)


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