Heaven & Earth Aikido


“If you can put your whole self into this simple act of sitting, you will gain the power to put your whole self into everything that you do–and you will become the strongest person in the world.”

– Matsuoka Roshi

Mental training is a key aspect of any martial arts practice. Heaven and Earth Aikido is also home to Warrior Zendo, a Soto Zen meditation group affiliated with the Atlanta Soto Zen Center (ASZC), headed by Hojo (Abbot) Taiun Elliston. Hojo Elliston received his Dharma transmission from Soyu Matsuoka, one of the first Zen teachers to bring the Buddha’s teachings from Japan to America.

All are welcome to join us at our twice-a-week meditation sessions, held after class on Wednesday from 8:15 PM to 9:00PM and Saturday from 12:45PM to 1:30PM. Cushions for sitting will be provided. You do not need to be a member of the dojo to participate, although we ask for a suggested donation of $10 dollars per session if you wish to meditate only. If you are new to Soto Zen practice, we ask that you arrive at least 10-15 minutes early so we can introduce you to the basics of our practice.