Martial Arts & Self Defense

Listed below are all of the Martial Arts & Self Defense classes we offer annually. To view and register for our currently available classes click 'Register Now'
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Aikido

Beginning : Aikido is a defensive martial art that uses rhythm, timing and evasive maneuvers to redirect an attacker's force and apply a joint lock, throw or pinning technique. This style of Aikido is known as 'Ki' Aikido. Ki Aikido stresses the development of calmness and coordination of mind and body, using breathing exercises, meditation techniques, ki tests and ki development exercises. Taught by Steve Ota. Bring to first class: Loose clothing or gi.

Intermediate/Advance : This style of Aikido is known as 'Ki' Aikido. Ki Aikido stresses the development of calmness and coordination of mind and body, using breathing exercises, meditation techniques, ki tests and ki development exercises. Intermediate: This class is for continuing students and will include more advanced techniques and exercises. Taught by Steve Ota.

Art of Changing Energy

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that involves music, ritual and movement. Capoeira was created by African slaves, in Brazil, approximately 400 years ago as a martial art. Music was an integral part of the discipline because it taught rhythm and hid its forcefulness from onlookers. To outsiders it appeared to be playful/acrobatic dancing and joking around. Eventually the enslavers realized its power and outlawed it. Today Capoeira is Brazil's second national sport and is gaining popularity throughout the world. It can be done by anyone of any age or size. Played in a ritual roda (circle), the pre-historic berimbau stringed bow instrument sets the pace and swing of the capoeira jogo (game). Students will learn to express their own unique style while getting a mental and physical workout. Taught by Mariano Silva.

Kendo

Kendo, beginners: This course introduces basic knowledge and techniques of Kendo. Kendo is one of the most popular martial arts in Japan and its origin can be traced to the creation of the Japanese sword (Nihon-to). The course follows Kendo instructions and rules of All U.S. Kendo Federation and All Japan Kendo Federation. The beginners' course covers basic Reigi (etiquette, respectfulness, appreciation), footwork, posture, and forms of striking. This course does not require bogu (protectors). Dogi and hakama (Kendo clothing) are not required but welcomed if you have. Bamboo sword is provided and the cost is NOT included in the class fee. You will enjoy learning the Bushi-do spirits through Kendo.
Instructor: Dr. Tadao Hashimoto

Kickboxing Muay Thai

Muay Thai, which means Thai Boxing, originated in Thailand hundreds of years ago. The class will focus on techniques for self-defense, competition and aerobic exercise. A range of Muay Thai kicks, boxes, knees, elbows, sweeps and drills will be covered. A focus on power, speed, timing, footwork and rope skipping will be the main components of instruction. Students will be grouped according to ability. Taught by John Patelzick.

Tae Kwon Do

The martial art of Tae Kwon Do is a traditional martial art form featuring an extensive repertoire of kicks and hand techniques. Emphasis is on the development of proper technique for powerful and effective self-defense. It offers physical and mental conditioning, practical self-defense ability, and the challenge and freedom of creative self-expression afforded by any other art. It is equally suitable for both men and women. Jonathan Morrow-Jones received a black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Grandmaster Duk Sung Son, head of the World Tae Kwon Do Association. He has won several awards in forms and sparring. When not teaching or practicing Tae Kwon Do, Dr. Morrow-Jones works locally as a research physicist.
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