"Your teacher can only give you an outline, a hint here and there to guide you. Only through constant practice will you master the practical use of this mystery. Learn to understand with your body. Do not engage in futile effort to learn a great number of techniques but rather study the techniques one by one and make each you own."
- Morihei Ueshiba, 1938
Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies in Judo, personal philosophy, and Shinto religion. The idea of Aikido is to blend with the motion of the attacker and redirect the force of the attack rather than opposing it, which should require very little physical strength. Therefore someone smaller is able to manipulate the energy of a larger person and defeat them. Aikido is not a striking martial art, but similar to Judo, relying on throwing and joint locking.
About the Class
Bennetts Karate - Aikido Class
Kids Class 5:10 - 6PM
Adult Class 6:00 - 7:00PM
Kids Class 11:10 - 12PM
Adult Class 12 - 1:00PM
Aikido classes are sperated into two sessions. The first session is for kids 7 - 12 yrs old and includes rolling, stretching, warm ups, locks, and pins. The second session is for adult students 13 yrs and above, focusing on locks and pins, but still beginning with warm up exercises and rolling.
Classes through the rec center are the same times and days as for students at the dojo, so the class is a mix of both students. Students through the Erie CC will have to sign up through the dojo at yellow belt (intermediate level). Classes through the rec center are meant as an introductory period.
If you are signed up through the rec center and need uniform and additional pricing information please contact the instructor, Allen Bennett, or Richard Bennett (303) 947 - 3908