The goals of Aikido are there for all to achieve. To become a person in harmony with others, to become an integrated and balanced individual, and to explore our full human potential should be the aims of the Aikido student. It is obviously a lifetime pursuit.
Yoshimitsu Yamada, (Chairman and Chief Instructor, United States Aikido Association), Ultimate Aikido
Aikido classes are held every weekday evening at 6 pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. In addition, on Mondays and Thursdays there is a second aikido class at 7:15. These classes either follow the beginners program curriculum or otherwise focus on fundamentals. All classes are taught in a manner that accommodates the individual’s level of fitness and training.
Aikido classes usually begin with a warm-up that focuses the muscles and movements used in aikido practice. Techniques are demonstrated by the instructor and then students pair up and practice the technique shown while the instructor provides feedback. Three or four techniques are usually reviewed in this way and then used in a less structured period of practice, giwaza or randori, to help the student integrate the techniques as dynamic movements. Class then usually concludes with traditional cool-down exercises.
Informal training opportunities (open mat times) are also available on request for students who train regularly.
Classes are led by Jamsek Sensei or one of our another yudansha (blackbelts). (In addition to our sensei, Austin Aikikai has approximately five sandans (third-degree blackbelts), three nidans (second-degree blackbelts), and two shodans (first-degree blackbelts) in regular attendance.)
Aikido Class Times
Monday through Friday, 6 – 7 pm
Monday and Thursday, 7:15 – 8:15pm
Saturday, 10:30 am – noon
$80 per month for unlimited aikido classes if paid by the 5th of the month, $100 if paid after the 5th.
Additional fees for Shinkage
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