Adult Classes: Aikido & Jiu Jitsu

Aikido, a traditional yet modern art, was created by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) in the early 20th century based primarily on his study of Daito-Ryu Ju-Jitsu. O-Sensei refined the old techniques, designed originally for combat, and combined them with a philosophy focused on the peaceful resolution of conflict. The Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters which translate as “the way of spiritual harmony.”

Aikido techniques seek to blend with an attacker, to use the attacker’s own force against him. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. As part of our training, we also include Aikido sword (ken) and stick (jo) techniques. In addition, we provide instruction in Ju-Jitsu for self-defense applications and to understand the roots of Aikido. Ju-Jitsu, an ancient Japanese martial art, utilizes a variety of throws, joint locks, holds and strikes to defeat an opponent.

We emphasize a safe and fun learning experience for all. We do not focus on competition, but on developing an individual’s unique potential. As such, we offer a wonderful opportunity to learn a traditional martial art, suitable for all skill levels and body types, and fully complementary to other martial arts training. Due to the complexity of some of the techniques, students do not usually start Aikido training until the age of 14 or older.

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