Community Activity & Support
In 1999, as the 20th anniversary of Ki Aikido training
in St. Louis approached, St. Louis Ki Aikido began a
planning process to become a greater community resource.
We set out to introduce larger numbers of children and adults
to the practices and benefits of Aikido and Mind & Body
Coordination; to make better use of the training experience
of our teachers and the dedication of our volunteers; to
be a benefit to the whole St. Louis metropolitan community.
This planning resulted in the employment of Mark Rubbert
as our first full-time staff member in August 2001. With
assistance from the Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation,
we set up an on-the-job training program in nonprofit management
for our "new" executive director to help mold
St. Louis Ki Aikido into a true community resource.
Key elements to the direction of St. Louis Ki Aikido
- Develop our board of directors, expanding to include
diverse community representation
- Continuation and expansion of the WellChild Ki-Aikido
- Building our capacity as an organization
- Expanding the participation in our regular Aikido Programs
- Developing a program for older adults
- Further develop our Collaborations & Memberships
Collaborations & Memberships
St. Louis Ki Aikido is working with and through a number
of organizations to improve and make better use of our resources.
We are working to use our resources in a way that complements
the work of others and improves the community at large.
Below is a list of organizations we have, or are currently
Collaborating on after school programs (WellChild Aikido)
Established in September, 1998 to support and bring together
those who apply the principles of the Japanese martial art
of Aikido in a socially constructive way.
Our main location is in the Skinker-Debaliviere neighborhood,
which has one of the oldest and most active neighborhood
organizations in St. Louis.
Where we operated our first WellChild Ki-Aikido pilot program
Louis For Kids
Department of Public Safety
Justice Advisory Group
The WellChild Ki-Aikido program began in 2001 with
Title II startup funding from the US Dept. of Justice, Office
of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. It
was provided through a grant from the Missouri Department
of Public Safety and the state Juvenile Justice Advisory
Abuse Task Force, City of Chesterfield
Aikido and Japanese Yoga demonstrations for Drug Awareness