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What is taught in the Aikido classes?

In our class format, anyone can start at any time. First half of the class usually encompasses basics, lesser advanced Aikido techniques, and exercises. Second half is usually more advanced and picks up from what was being touched upon in the first half and extends the basic Aikido lessons further by being abit more challenging.

The Aikido classes seek to bring the concepts of Aikido closer to the practitioner through education and active participation. In Aikido practice, students focus on the coordination of the mind and body for better skill, dexterity, and concentration. In addition, relaxation through mediation and the use of Aikido techniques and exercises is an added benefit. Time is set aside for the exploration of Asian culture, philosophy and thought to facilitate the deeper understanding of this Japanese martial art.

Things covered in the classes:

  • Wrist exercises
  • Forward and Backward Ukemi (Tumbling)
  • Basic Aikido movement and exrecises for beginners.
  • Advanced Aikido techniques
  • Exploration and the application ofDistance techniques.
  • Exercises for balance in movement.
  • 10 minute lectures (from time to time), on Aikido, Budo, Bushido philosphy, proper conduct, history, disciplines, concentration, etc.
  • Exposure and imersion into more advanced Aikido techniques from different modes of attack such as kicking, etc.
  • Bokken (wooden sword attack) and Jo (wooden staff attack) exercises and techniques, to promote the application of Aikido techniques and movements through the use of weapons. Tanto (knife attack) techniques, which are very similar to empty-handed techniques.
  • Meditation, Misogi Breathing, relaxation, mind and body coordination.
  • Aikido testing from time to time, for various levels of Aikido rank.

Photo: William Gleason, 1996

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Revised 7/19/98

1998 Cheryl Matrasko

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