Anyone can enjoy our style of Aikido. We are low-impact and focused on safety as you get one-on-one training with a 4th and a 6th degree black belt. Best of all, we like to have fun!
"Aikido" can be translated as "way of combining forces" (more at Wikipedia).
It is a martial art designed for self defense ("Shinju" means self defense and "dojo" means school).
We learn how to blend with the force of an attack, and a small person really can learn to defend from a larger attacker. Aikido relies on movement rather than speed or strength - it's good for all kinds of students.
Aikido is great for self-defense and for developing self-confidence in movement and even in falling. It's fun to practice and it attracts an interesting variety of people.
Yup. A smaller woman can throw a larger man... Here is Heather in Colorado in 1999.
We have a great group of students - interesting backgrounds and everyone has a good sense of humour. I don't think we've had a class yet without a fair bit of laughter.
Our class structure takes us to specific goals with a methodical and effective path - but we sure have fun along the way!
Classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 8:15 - 9:45 p.m.