How To Join:

There are no contracts to sign or commitments to be made.

Call or visit during any class. Questions can be answered before or after class.

We recommend that you observe a class. Minors must have a parent observe the same class.

Read the waiver and sign it. Minors must have both parents sign.

Start paying your monthly dues.

You are not required to have a gi (practice uniform) until you wish to take your first test, typically in about 3 months.

Class Times:

Tue 6:30-8:00 PM David O’Farrell Foundational Everyone
1st and 3rd Wed’s 6:00-8:00 PM Tyler Abbott Varied / Weapons Everyone
2nd and 4th Wed’s 6:00-8:00 PM Phil Horvath Varied Everyone
Thur 6:30-8:00 PM Michaela Mattes Foundational Everyone
1st Fri Of
The Month
6:30-8:00 PM Phil Horvath Advanced Hakama Level
3rd kyu and up
3rd Fri Of
The Month
6:30-7:30 PM Paul Devaney Martial Art Fitness:
Interval style workouts
with punching and kicking drills.
Everyone: Including
All Aikido, Jiu Jitsu and karate students.
Sat 10 AM-12:00 PM Phil Horvath Foundational Everyone


Scheduled instructors can be substituted without prior notice.

The first Friday, of every month, is generally reserved for Hakama level (3rd Kyu and above) from 6:30 to 8 PM.
Other students may be invited to attend at the discretion of the instructor.

Monthly Fees:

Visitor Mat Fee: $10.00
Student: $55.00
Individual: $65.00
Couple: $80.00
Family: $90.00


Students may attend any or all of the regular classes held each week. There may be an additional cost for special events.

Dues should be paid during the first week of each month. You may pay with a personal “check or in cash.” Someone with a Hakama will record your entry into the payment log, and add your name to the time sheet, at the time of payment. Envelopes for cash payments are provided in the dojo.



Phil Horvath:

Chief Instructor

Phil began his Aikido training June 1991 in Fort Collins at Aikido Loveland-Fort Collins (now Aikido of Northern Colorado). Other than training 9 months with Vernon Medeiros in Colorado Springs, he has been with Aikido of Northern Colorado. He was named Chief Instructor of Aikido of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2009.

He has attended numerous seminars over the years including local instructors Gaku Homma Sensei, Kei Izawa Sensei, and Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei. “The biggest influence on my current training has been Ken Nisson Sensei, who has conducted several seminars for my dojo. ” Phil enjoys travelling and prides himself in visiting other schools when he travels. To name a few he has trained at two different schools in Budapest, Aikido Shobukan Dojo, Bond Street Dojo, Tenzan Aikido, and Aikido of Modesto .

Dave O’Farrell:


I began my Aikido training May 1992 in Fort Collins at Aikido Loveland-Fort Collins (now Aikido of Northern Colorado). I originally had signed up through the Parks and Recreation program, knowing nothing about martial arts. After 23 years I am still learning! I achieved the rank of Shodan in January 1999 and the rank of Nidan in November of 2003.

Over these 23 years, while attending numerous seminars here in Colorado and elsewhere, I have had the privilege to train with many very talented Aikido instructors (listed alphabetically) including Jun Akiyama, Bruce Bookman, Jim Crowe, Frank Doran, Masatake Fujita, William Gleason, Frank Gordon, Norm Heller, Kent Hinesley, Tres Hofmeister, Gaku Homma, Hiroshi Ikeda, Kei Izawa, David Jones, Kevin Jones, Mitsunari Kanai, Koichi Kashiwaya, Shuji Maruyama, David O’Neill, Robert Patton, Morihiro Saito, Mitsugi Saotome, Steven Seagal, Russ Smith, John Stevens, Seiji Tanaka, and Koho Yamano, Kurt Yovanoff, among others.

While all these instructors have influenced my Aikido, the writings, translations, and training with John Stevens Sensei numerous times have been a major influence in my practice of Aikido. The understanding of the meanings and thoughts of the founder, O’Sensei, as translated and explained by John Stevens Sensei have brought meaning to the physical practice of Aikido for me. Now if I could only master the weapons kata’s of John Stevens Sensei. Something more for me to practice!

Tyler Abbott:


Tyler began training in 1999 at Aikido Loveland—now Aikido of Northern Colorado—where he received his shodan in 2005. He spent several years training alternately at Aikido of Northern Colorado and Boulder Aikikai. In 2008 he moved to the Washington D.C. area and trained at Shobukan for two years. Tyler returned to Colorado in 2010 to train primarily at Aikido of Northern Colorado, but continues to train alternately at Boulder Aikikai. He received his nidan rank at Aikido of Northern Colorado in 2015. The biggest influence to Tyler’s training has been Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei and Ken Nisson Sensei. Donovan Waite Sensei has been a strong influence on Tyler’s focus on ukemi over the past decade.

Mike Yoknis:


I studied Aikido for 2 years (1973-1975) in college with Sensei O’Brian who was a retired hand-to-hand combat instructor for the US Marines. When he retired from the military he chose to teach Aikido, even though he had black belts in several arts. He definitely taught what we describe as a “hard style” of Aikido.

I returned to studying Aikido in November 1999 here in Loveland. I spent 3 years (2002-2005) in Boise, Idaho where I attended several different schools in order to expand my experience. I continued to study again at this school when I returned.

I do not have one single instructor that I can point to for my “lineage”. I have learned from many instructors. Each had their unique variety of backgrounds. Here in Loveland the teachers Kent, Jim, Paul, Liz, and Kurt all had very different styles. (I have to smile as I type this. They were each so different, yet they each are a part of me now.)

I have visited several dojos in my travels across the US. I have attended many seminars over the years. What I teach is a blend of all of the things that I have gleaned from my study of the art of peace.

Paul Devaney:


1975 I started TKD with the United Tae Kwon Do Federation ( USA branch of ITF ) with Mr. Merriman. I cross trained with the Ft. Collins Boxing Club for a short time. Mid 1980’s – mid 1990’s mostly running and other activities to stay in shape, including kickboxing and Tae Bo workouts. I missed the camaraderie of training in martial arts. Had a brief 5 months with Aikido- Loveland 1997. In 1998 joined Trans Martial Arts, owners alumni of Mr. Merriman. In 2007 tested for my 2nd Dan Black Belt, but a hip injury during testing had me thinking about Aikido again. In 2010 I started Aikido again, same school now called Aikido of Northern Colorado. Still cross training in TKD. Black Belt in Aikido 2015 at age 60! I hope to continue to train in both martial arts as long as I can. ( the yin & yang) We don’t stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing.

Michaela Mattes:

1st KYU

I started training Aikido in 1985 in Vienna, Austria. At that time I trained under Maria Wiedl Seinse at the Aikido Union Wien. I Visited several other dojos in Austria for weekend seminars. Tamura Sensei would visit Austria once a year for a weekend seminar which I regularly attended. In 1989 I Visited France for Tamura Sensei’s 25th anniversary of teaching Aikido in France. I left Vienna with a 1st Kyu rank.

After moving to Berkeley in 1991, I switched to Ki Aikido and studied under Maida Sensei until 1993. While there I tested again for 1st kyu, but received a 2nd Kyu ranking instead. In 1994 I moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I had rarely a opportunity to train in Aikido. While living in Las Cruces I received a BS and later a MS in Soil Science from NMSU. In September 2015 I decided to move to the Fort Collins/Loveland area to pursue my PhD. The Following January I came across Aikido of Northern Colorado and started to training in Aikido again. In April 2016 I tested and received the 1st kyu rank again, and later on in January 2017 I took the opportunity to teach the Thursday evening class.

Promotion Criteria:

The test list provides some of the requirements for advancement in
Aikido and contains the techniques you will be asked to demonstrate
at your testing and the amount of practices necessary to test.


Purchasing Gear:

Purchasing of uniforms and dojo merchandise.

Items: Description: Price: Contacts: Phone:
Practice Uniform(Gi, Keiko Gi, Dogi) White karate style, belt included. $35 Phil Horvath 970-481-1557
Aikido T-Shirts Cotton T-Shirt $15 Dave O’Farrell 970-577-7372


If you don’t have a uniform yet, you can still practice, but make sure to wear something loose and comfortable.