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Aikido ("ai" - harmony, "ki" - energy,
"do" - path or way) is a Japanese defensive martial art founded
by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969).
Aikido focuses on circular movements to avoid and redirect an
assailant's attack. Aikidoists use the attacker's force to
unbalance and neutralize an assault. Aikido includes throwing
techniques, arm pins, and wrist and elbow locks. Aikido does not
emphasize strength. The techniques rely on the relaxed
projection of energy generated by rotating the hips.
Aikido Hartford has classes for men and
women age 13 and up. All classes are open to people of all
levels. Martial arts experience is not required. Monthly fees
are $85 for adults age 18 and up and $50 for seniors 65 and
over, students age 13 to 17 and full-time post-secondary
students. Members can attend an unlimited number of classes per
month. If you are not ready to become a member, you can
still participate in any class by paying a $15 matt fee, which
covers all classes for the day. You are encouraged to observe any
class and discuss concerns with students and instructors.
Monday thru Thursday: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.