Class Schedule (effective January 1, 2014)
Mon: 9:30am-10:45am - Adult Aikido
7:30pm - 8:30pm - Basic Aikido
Tue: 6:45pm-7:30pm - Naginata
7:30pm-9:00pm - Adult Aikido
Wed: 9:30am-10:45am - Adult Aikido
Thu: 6:45pm-7:30pm - Iaido
7:30pm-9:00pm - Adult Aikido
Fri: 9:30am-10:45am - Adult Aikido
6:00pm-7:00pm - Aikido Weapons
7:00pm-8:00pm - Adult Aikido
Sat: 9:30am-10:15am - Saturday Morning Samurai Camp (ages 8-11)
10:15am-11:15am - Iaido
11:15am - 12:15pm - Adult Aikido
Sun: Dojo Closed
Adult Aikido Classes
ages 13 and over
The basic premise of Aikido is that the mind and body act together. The movements of Aikido are designed to coordinate the defending and attacking bodies so that the force of attack can be diverted harmlesssly and redirected. In this way, Aikido harmonizes all motion in a positive way instead of trying to conflict with or stop aggression. Aikido students gain a deeper knowledge of many aspects of themselves. They learn concentration and relaxation; they develop sensitivity, coordination and perception; they build stamina and self-confidence as well as maintain cardiovascular fitness. Through serious Aikido training, one develops the ability to respond positively to any stressful situation.
Aikido classes consist of:
1) stretching and loosening exercises;
2) meditation for concentration and calmness;
3) techniques of self-defense; and
4) points of Aikido philosophy.
The SMAC Basics Class is designed for beginners. The goal of this class is to introduce beginners to the basic ideas and movement of Aikido and to equip them with basic skills (such as how to fall and roll) that will allow them to practice techniques without fear of injury.
In this class the students also learn basic dojo etiquette, Aikido Terminology and basic exercises for developing mind and body coordination.
Class Curriculum will include but not limited to:
• Posture & Breathing
• Stretching and Warm-up exercises
• Body movement and Coordination exercises
• Falling Practice (ukemi), Tumbling and Safe Falling Skills
• An Introduction to basic Attack forms (strikes and holds)
• Blending or harmonizing with an attack versus struggling
• Basic pinning techniques
The aikido curriculum includes work with bokken (wooden sword), jo (short staff) and tanto (knife). While other classes may include work with these weapons, the weapons class specifically focuses on the basic uses of these weapons with single and paired katas. All students - even beginning students - are encouraged to attend this class.
Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. This class requires strong mental focus. Because this class uses live blade, students must be 18 years or older, and permission is required for visitors and class participation.
The Naginata originated over 1,000 years