We are a group of people interested in the spiritual and self-developmental aspects of the practice of Aikido. We get together to explore the practice of Aikido Shugenkai, in the park on Sunday morning and Thursday evenings. These gatherings focus on the essence of the spiritual path of Aikido. This cultivation of spirit will have benefits beyond the physical aspect of swinging sticks of wood at another individual and will eventually begin to integrate into one’s life. It is here that the benefits of the training shine as the practice brings out and refines more of who you are. Some days will make you smile, others will have you frustrated, but each time you will learn something about yourself.
The current structure of the class is one hour of taiso, where we practice the exercises (taiso) and the jo and bokken kata from Aikido Shugenkai, followed by another hour of waza[techniques]. As we believe taiso is essential for waza, only those who were present for (most of) the first hour may continue into the second hour. Though we try to hold a traditional dojo feel, we do not practice in traditional dogi.Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in for the first few weeks, but afterwards we have a uniform of black sweats and an Aikido sweater.Interested people from all backgrounds and at all levels, Aikido and otherwise, are welcome to join us. There is no charge for classes.