Class Information

While training in aikido will provide you with excellent tools for self defense, a rigorous regimen for physical conditioning, strength, and flexibility, and provide a physical discipline to cultivate mental focus and clarity, at its heart the Aikido Academy is about the joy of hard training.

To preserve that joyful training, the Aikido Academy has adopted "No Harm" as its motto; temporary pain is one of our main instructors, but long term injuries are to be avoided. We all commit to maintaining a positive and safe training space that encourages personal satisfaction and growth, while honoring each student's individual reason to train. It is our belief that the true teacher is the person in the mirror; we at the Aikido Academy are honored to simply be your assistant instructors.

We offer both an Adults Program and a Juniors Program.



Adults Program


Our Adults' Program consists of three types of classes: Fundamentals, Open, and Supplementary. It is open to anyone with the maturity to benefit from the training.



Fundamentals Class


The Fundamentals Class consists of warmup, stretching, and ukemi practice(evasive, body protecting maneuvers); the instructor will demonstrate techniques, then students will pair up and practice, with guidance and correction provided by the instructor only when needed. The Fundamentals class focuses on the building blocks of aikido, such as correct posture, physical and mental focus, coordinated full body movement, ukemi, and the basic, workhouse aikido techniques.



Open Class


The Open Class follows the same structure as the Fundamentals class but expands upon the building block principles and is tailored for the individuals in the class; it is an exploratory class where students can take what they have learned from the Fundamentals class and make it their own.



Supplementary Class - Weapons & Conditioning Waza


The Weapons classes consist of instruction in the weapons of aikido, including wooden sword, staff, and dagger; students do not learn how to "fight" with these weapons, but instead practice paired partner forms, using the weapons as tools to explore aiki principles such as combative distance, posture, position, etc. Variations of the weapons forms will also be explored to aid in the students' ability to improvise.

The Tatami Waza classes focus on various techniques for when situations end up on the ground, entangled with aggressors. While the class is taught by highly skilled jujutsu and wrestling practitioners, it is not aikido, wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu, or judo; instead, it is simply a supplement to aikido training, to give our students a feel for ground engagements. The focus is not submitting opponents subject to sporting rules, but rather to maintain one's focus and composure even in compromised positions and to escape them for more advantageous ones.



Juniors and Youths Programs


The Juniors Program at the Aikido Academy serves children from ages five to around twelve years old, and the Youth Program serves children thirteen years and older. The program is designed to prepare kids for entry into the real practice of Aikido and therefore concentrates on teaching the skills necessary for a youngster to eventually feel comfortable in a mainstream martial arts class.

Juniors classes always begin with a formal opening and an extended period of warm-up and stretching followed by conditioning exercises such as jumping sticks, rolling, tumbling, various relay races and more. These activities are designed to be fun for the kids. Then, depending on the age limitations of the particular class, rudimentary techniques are taught, including usage of the proper Japanese terms, in order to give the child a familiarity with the methods and culture of Aikido that they will be learning later on. Youth classes will be similar in focus to the Adult Fundamentals class but with a fun, energetic format appropriate for the kids. Classes always end with a group game such as roll tag followed by a formal closing.

It is not the intent of the Juniors Program to teach young children self-defense techniques before they are emotionally ready to handle them. Rather, skills such as self-discipline, physical and mental conditioning, rough-and-tumble activity and learning to physically interact with one's peers are the goal, along with less tangible values such as patience and compassion for others.

Juniors classes run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings and are taught by selected members of the Aikido Academy teaching staff. The Youth classes run from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Saturday mornings. Junior and youth members are free to attend as many classes as they wish during the week and family discounts are offered. Interested children and their parents are welcome and encouraged to drop in and watch a class any time.