Adults & Teens (age 15 & up)
here to see information about 5-week introductory courses
here to see infomation about a free introductory class
There are many aspects to Aikido training, and adult classes
include them all. Basic training in movement, posture, balance,
rolling and falling, and beginning throwing arts are just
a start. Further training includes sword and staff, randori/free-style
practice, advanced throwing arts, multiple attackers, and
precision forms called Taigi. Meditative practices also
are a part of many classes.
Aikido was mistakenly thought by some original teachers
to be an adult art that was too sophisticated for children.
However, it does take a mature mind to fully grasp and appreciate
the importance of the basic concepts of Aikido. Honestly
attempting to put these concepts into play in complex situations
is very challenging. Developing the ability to let go of
tension and preconceived notions, to see the larger perspective
in any situation, this does require a high level of refinement.
This is what is needed to make Aikido the elegant, simple
and powerfully effective martial art that it can be.
Adults of all ages enjoy the practice of Aikido. It may
be easier to start as a younger adult; especially given
the mistakes that are sometimes made. However, many individuals
in their 50's and even several in their 60's have successfully
started training in Aikido. A positive attitude is more
important than physical ability. Classes are structured
to allow students to practice in a way that is appropriate
for their own level and abilities. Training is physically
challenging, but not harsh.
Most people train two or three times a week. It takes a
little more perseverance, but some adults train once a week.
Then there are those who have the luxury of a schedule that
allows them to train 4 or even 6 times a week. You can look
at the Locations, Times &
Fees section to see the options for training.
Teens age 15 and up may train in classes with adults
on a monthly basis, usually twice a week. Younger teens
also have the option to train in the youth classes if they