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|Today there are many different
Aikido that are studied in dojos (schools). At Aikido of
Richmond, we believe in the traditional practice of the art that was
developed by Morihei Ueshiba. We train together as
and do not separate according to rank or skill level. This
newer students the opportunity to practice with advanced students and
learn from different instructors; a feature that most schools do not
offer. We focus on maintaining an open and non-egocentric
on the mat. As a whole we are dedicated to helping one
||Students begin their training
learning basic movements and attacks and are introduced to
rolling. During their first class new students will
the mat with the group not off in a corner repeating simple
motions. As a new student one might only work through the
basic elements of a technique, but will be able to see others
performing it in its entirety.
|This helps students understand
they are performing these movements, and how the elements build into
successful techniques. As students progress these basic
become faster, smoother and more complex.
|Each class begins
with 20 – 30 minutes of warm up, light stretching, ukemi (tumbling and
falling drills), and aiki-taiso. Aiki-taiso are exercises
teach movements that are fundamental to the practice of
The rest of class is spent learning and practicing Aikido techniques
with partners. Classes will be taught on a wide
skills, which include: empty hands practice with one or more partners,
knife or gun defense, bokken (wooden sword) and jo (short staff)
practice and randori (free style practice).
As members of the Shinzui Kan Aikido organization organization,
we have the opportunity to attend
seminars or camps throughout the year that are hosted by our affiliated
schools. By going to these camps, our students receive the
benefits of seeing different instructors and working out and making new
friends with their students.
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