Learn the basics of the Japanese martial art of aikido in a fun, welcoming environment this summer.
What will I learn in this class?
Open to ages 13 and above (no experience necessary), this class focuses on the fundamentals of aikido, including balance and posture. By concentrating on the body movement of themselves and their class partner, participants build awareness and mindfulness. Since aikido emphasizes the deflection of an attacker's energy, students gradually develop greater composure in situations of physical or emotional conflict.
Aikido techniques are based on weapons training, and students learn how to use the bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff) and tanto (wooden knife) safely and correctly while developing their posture, movement, timing and spatial awareness.
What are the benefits of this class?
The benefits are numerous. Students practice and improve alongside a class partner. Besides learning the basics of aikido, students develop physical and mental skills, including coordination, balance, concentration and mindfulness.
Who will teach these classes?
Classes are led by Paul Neuman (pictured), chief instructor of Pacific Aikido and fifth-degree black belt. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he has been teaching aikido to adults and children since 1991 and at the Club since 1999. As part of Pacific Aikido, the Club's aikido group is a registered dojo of the Aikikai Foundation-Aikido World Headquarters.
• Jul 4, 11, 18, 25 | ¥18,480 (90 minutes x 4)
• Aug 1, 8, 15 | ¥13,860 (90 minutes x 3)
• Ages 13 & above
• Venue: Gymnasium (mask required)
• Trial class: contact Pacific Aikido to arrange
• Uniforms & weapons: available from Pacific Aikido (from ¥7,700)
• Prices include consumption tax
Classes follow the strict Club guidelines on hygiene and class size. The curriculum allows for no contact and social distancing. Depending on the wishes of each student's family, training can be conducted with some physical contact, weapons training with no contact, or a combination of the two.