Adults join Aikido classes for a wide range of reasons covering the gamut from the physical to the mental to the philosophical. The physical benefits of Aikido practice includes improved posture, increased balance, greater flexibility, and coordination. It also helps build a better sense of body awareness and timing, as it relates to reaction. Physical fitness is important to all martial arts training and Aikido training does provide a good cardio-vascular, aerobic workout.
Aikido, as a physical activity, is a great stress reliever. It also teaches us how to deal with stressful interactions and conflicts in day-to-day life. Aikido teachings are often incorporated into conflict resolution methods taught in occupations ranging from business to law enforcement. It helps build one's self-confidence, and self-awareness.
Aikido as a martial art and form of self-defense is highly adaptive and flexible in its responses to physical threats. It uses the energy of a physical attack to generate the technique, rather than relying on a head-to-head contest of strength. It is ideal for use in law-enforcement/security/corrections, medical/mental-health environments, civilian self-defense, and women's self-defense.
The schedule for adult classes is:
Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00 to noon.
Each session is divided into two sections. The first section is "Principles", which focuses on basic technique, ukemi (receiving technique), and foundational aiki concepts. "Exploration" follows Principles, in which we look at the free expression of techniques and more advanced practice. Adult classes are open to ages 14 and older. Fee structure can be found on the Join Page.