Aikido - The Martial Art
Learn a traditional Japanese martial art while getting a great workout...
Try our Aikido martial arts class! The essence of Aikido technique is the use of total body movements to create spherical motion around a stable, energizer center. The practice of Aikido is mainly with partners alternating as attacker (uke) and the one who receives the attack and executes the technique (nage). Both roles will be stressed in class as each contributes to the skills that enhance the student's overall sensitivity to each other and themselves. Classes taught by Derrell Thomas, 3rd degree black belt.
Fees: Children of members $50/ Non-members $70
Adult Members $60 / Non-member $80
Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Times: Youth class 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm (ages 6-12)
Teen and adult class: 7:00 - 8:00 pm (ages 13-65)
This program runs three times a week, year-round, with fees paid on a monthly basis.
Students in good standing will get one free class a week at Aikido Schools of New Jersey.
For information about our Aikido martial arts program for teens and adults, click here.
Martial Arts at The Y Cares - June Event
On Saturday, June 6, 2011 'Newark Aikido' students volunteered their time (and the sweat from their brows) to the Greater Newark Conservancy. "The Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities. Founded in 1987, they have four program areas--environmental education, community greening and gardening, job training and advocacy for environmental justice."
The work that day consisted of weeding, mulching, and planting. It was a wonderful day. We had a good turnout and the group really enjoyed helping the community. To some it may sound odd that the Marital Arts Program would reach out to help the community, but this is not so. Especially in the Aikido world... Our Founder often called Aikido, The Art of Peace. He fostered a philosophy in the art of defending yourself while taking care of your attacker. While still a very practical marital art, Aikido uses the throws from Judo and the locks from Jujitsu to give you the options needed to do as little damage to an attacker as possible. With such a caring philosophy it should be no surprise at all that they would reach out to help their community.
You can learn more about the Greater Newark Conservancy at their site: www.citybloom.org