Once you’ve purchased a gi, you will be taught step-by-step through repetition, the strikes, holds, punches, rolls and falls that make up the attack/defence of Aikido- a martial art that can counter attacks by using the attacker’s momentum as a defence.
Aikido itself improves fitness, strength, flexibility, focus, breath training, balance and confidence, bringing one an embodied sense of one’s own movement. The techniques as pair interactions invite one to understand their own movement’s effects on a partner’s movements; to be able to both initiate with intention and respond with speed and flexibility. Understanding and practicing Aikido is an ongoing challenge of body work and concentration and hugely enjoyable in its physical demands and its opportunities to interact with others in the community.
The dojo under Yumi Nakamura Sensei is flexible, yet a long-standing supportive and committed community that shares in or hosts seminars, parties… and lunches at the local diner.