7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A TYPICAL CLASS
Class begins with a bow and a brief warm-up consisting of stretches and basic movements. The basic movements we perform are considered the building blocks of Aikido, and are designed to strengthen technique.
We then move on to demonstrations by the instructor, followed by group or paired practice. Students work at their own pace to mimic the demonstrated technique to the best of their ability, and the instructor provides guidance where necessary. As students' skill levels progress, techniques becomes more and more complex and fascinating. Many of our techniques are filled with seemingly endless details, which makes Aikido a lifelong journey for many practitioners.
Class ends with seated meditation, which usually consists of about 20 minutes. This begins and ends with bowing and the ring of a bell. During this time, we sit in still and silent meditation, and work to put down the part of our brain that processes, plans, reminisces, and worries--we strive to let these things go for a moment and just be. This type of meditation, typically used in Zen training, provides a practice that centers our thoughts and helps us gain balance in our daily lives.
Students of all ranks and skill levels practice together, and beginner students are integrated safely into every class. Beginners are supported and encouraged.
Our classes are age 13 and above. We currently are not offering a youth program, but we may do so in the future. If you contact us expressing interest, you will be the first to know.
Beginners should come wearing comfortable yoga-type workout attire. Please do not wear shorts. If you decide to join, we can provide suggestions on where to purchase a uniform.
SAFETY AND CONDUCT
To maintain the spirit of this art, our dojo has some rules and expectations.
Students are responsible for training with a positive mindset, and extending respect to everyone within the dojo community.
Everyone is expected to train responsibly, refraining from injuring their partner and themselves. Students must adhere to the limitations of their partner, as well as their own limitations.
For further safety, jewelry must be removed and nails must be short.
Proper hygiene and clean uniforms are expected as both a courtesy and a show of respect to our training partners.
We clean after every class. This is an act of giving thanks to our training space. The more we respect our space, the more we appreciate it.
Aikido is to be practiced as an art and a study. It is not to be practiced as a means to win a street fight. Our training is designed to better control aggression, both internal and external. Our training is not meant for triumph, other than triumph over our own self.