Aikido is learned by watching and doing. First the teacher demonstrates a technique, and then students practice with a partner, alternating roles as attacker and defender. Students learn to fall safely, to deliver effective attacks and to blend with or redirect their partner’s attack.
Aikido improves flexibility, muscle tone, endurance, and the stimulation and direction of ki (universal energy). Moreover, through disciplined and focused study, we become more self aware and confident, we learn to quiet our minds and to become more centered in our lives.
New students are encouraged to attend the Introductory Class, which runs periodically throughout the year. If the introductory class schedule does not work for you, you may attend any class and we will pair you with a teacher or senior student. Contact Us and we will let you know when the next intro class starts.
We encourage you to stop by to observe a class, attend our monthly free class (see below) or contact us for more information.
Monthly Free Class:
Curious about aikido? Give it a try by attending our free class, offered to prospective students on the first Saturday of each month from 10-11 AM. Arrive 10 minutes before class, and bring comfortable clothing you can move in (like sweatpants and a t-shirt). If you are unable to attend on Saturday, we offer everyone one free class. Please email or call 267-337-1818 to schedule.
Next Free Class - Saturday, November 4 at 10 AM (Note: October free class is cancelled due to another event). Sign up for two months that day and receive 10% off.
Weapons training is an integral part of aikido. By working with weapons, one can feel the weight, balance, stance, timing, and distance of one's body movement, oftentimes more easily than without them. Many empty handed techniques are derived from sword work, and thus training with weapons complements our practice.
To participate in weapons training, students must have either completed the Intro Class, be 5th Kyu or above, or by permission of Helen & John.
Scientists at Harvard University have shown that meditation not only reduces stress but actually increases brain volume. It is no wonder that meditation is a central practice for Buddhists, Hindus, and other world religions. At Fearless Heart Aikido, we practice meditation several times a week.
Please wear a white gi, the traditional martial arts practice uniform. Gi's are available for purchase at the dojo. For your first class, you may wear comfortable clothing that you can move in (like sweatpants and a t-shirt).
For meditation, you may either sit in a chair (provided) or bring a meditation pillow to sit on.