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R E C & E D

Welcome to Ann Arbor Rec & Ed Aikido

Aikido is a form of Japanese Budo, based largely on movements and techniques of the Samurai.  While the movements in Aikido are closely related to fighting techniques, we use these techniques to study harmony and balanced relationships.  We primarily study with one partner in a class, and alternate between studying balanced, clear, guiding movements and off-balance, following movements.  These two participants work together to create one technique.  We emphasize safety and care for our partner so that both people can enjoy the study.

The Rec Aikido Club is a part of the Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America (AYANA).  For more information on AYANA, please click here.  

The Ann Arbor Rec & Ed Aikido club meets at Scarlett Middle School's Upper Gym on Monday evenings.  Three classes are available:  Youth, Beginner's, and Continuing.  

Youth Class (Mondays 6:00-6:45 PM; ages 6-14):  Youth class focuses less on the technical aspects of Aikido and more on having fun working with others in a safe environment.  It is still a study involving discipline and etiquette, so students learn to remain focused and attentive throughout class, but games and stories are also included.

Beginner's Class (Mondays, 7:00-7:45 PM; ages 14 & up)

Beginner's class is for students who have never studied Yoshokai-style Aikido before, or are still very new to the study.  Class tends to focus on Basic Movements, Breakfalls, and relatively simple techniques.  Basic Movements are stylized forms that focus on one or two principles, which we then put together in different ways to create techniques.  

In Beginner's class, we tend to focus only on one or two types of Breakfalls:  ways to fall down safely and stand up again.  Once we have those pieces in place, they are put together into a technique to study with a partner.

Continuing Class (Mondays, 8:00-8:30 PM; ages 14 & up)

Continuing class is for students who have either taken the Rec Beginner's class or studied Yoshokai-style Aikido at another dojo for some period of time.  Classes tend to be more complex, faster paced, and include study of Buki, or wooden practice weapons (sword, staff, and knife) as well as more advanced breakfalls.

Other Aikido Yoshokai Dojos in the area:

The Genyokan Dojo is the headquarters dojo of the Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America.  It is located near the Ann Arbor Airport off of Ellsworth Road.

The Ann Arbor YMCA Aikido Club has adult classes Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Youth classes are Saturday morning.

Both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University also have Yoshokai-style Aikido classes.  Check course listings for current days and times.

Both the Jackson and Livonia YMCAs also have classes available.