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5 5 5 5 5
San Antonio, TX
Oct 8, 2015

A new and good experience. First the refurbished neighborhood is lovely at night. Everyone in class was nice and ranged from beginner to experience, yet no sense of competition or judgment that was uncomfortable. Coming from more power martial arts in my youth like boxing, Tae Kwon Do and full contact karate this was very new, pleasant and surprising challenging.  By the end of class I was no longer, or at least not terribly, the bull in the china shop. Further, along with experiencing yoga the first time that week as well, I found what people keep talking about - mind-body centering. Being an academic or brute type - this middle gear shock me, I only held it for moments, but my mind quickly attached to how it would be highly useful in many or all areas of life. I am a couple's counselor by day and see applications there, in business, and even intimacy. It was an eye opener. The intermediate moves are challenging, they use a type of thought in motion that we Westerners do not learn or gravitate toward, and we saw some of those, sticking with it one would absorb a lot. Very recommended.

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Aikido • $20.00

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Master Morihei Ueshiba, 1883-1969.  He was often called O’Sensei (Great Teacher) and had been exposed to martial arts since childhood.  He became a renowned martial artist but he was not fully satisfied with himself or the traditional martial arts.  He questioned the values of aggression, physical strength, and “victory” over others.  He continued his search for the true and undefeatable martial art that unified body, mind, and spirit in accordance with the principles of nature.  Through meditation, self-purification, and study, Master Ueshiba concentrated on understanding the spiritual world.  The profound realizations that came to him gave birth to the original concept of Aikido.

On a purely physical level Aikido is an art involving throwing, immobilizing, and twisting joints that are derived from Ju-jitsu and Ken-jitsu.  Aikido does not focus on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using your opponent’s own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you.  It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

Aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests, or sparring.  Instead, according to the founder, the goal of Aikido is not the defeat of others, but the defeat of the negative characteristics which inhabit one's own mind and inhibit its functioning.  At the same time, the potential of Aikido as a means of self-defense should not be ignored.  One reason for the prohibition of competition in Aikido is that many Aikido techniques would have to be excluded because of their potential to cause serious injury.  By training cooperatively, even potentially lethal techniques can be practiced without substantial risk.

Another benefit of training in Aikido is the development of self-confidence.  Since the essence of Aikido is derived from swordsmanship and not from bodybuilding, the smaller, more agile and responsive person has a greater advantage over a larger and slower adversary.

This class is also offered:
Thursday, June 20th
7:00 - 9:00pm Sensei John Bollinger
Tuesday, June 25th
7:00 - 9:00pm Sensei John Bollinger

Featured review

Featured review
5 5 5 5 5
San Antonio, TX
Oct 8, 2015

A new and good experience. First the refurbished neighborhood is lovely at night. Everyone in class was nice and ranged from beginner to experience, yet no sense of competition or judgment that was uncomfortable. Coming from more power martial arts in my youth like boxing, Tae Kwon Do and full contact karate this was very new, pleasant and surprising challenging.  By the end of class I was no longer, or at least not terribly, the bull in the china shop. Further, along with experiencing yoga the first time that week as well, I found what people keep talking about - mind-body centering. Being an academic or brute type - this middle gear shock me, I only held it for moments, but my mind quickly attached to how it would be highly useful in many or all areas of life. I am a couple's counselor by day and see applications there, in business, and even intimacy. It was an eye opener. The intermediate moves are challenging, they use a type of thought in motion that we Westerners do not learn or gravitate toward, and we saw some of those, sticking with it one would absorb a lot. Very recommended.

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