Suginami Aikikai, located at 141 11th Street, San Francisco, is offering a free introductory month of aikido classes. Adult classes are held every day in the morning, mid-day, and evening. Kids (ages 6 - 12) classes are held 4 - 5 pm Monday and Thursday.
Aikido is a non-violent, non-competitive martial art that will teaches how to blend with and redirect opposing forces. Although Aikido movements are soft, rational, and smooth as in nature, by applying a bit of force, these can become devastatingly effective. The gentle quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men and women and children regardless of age.
Aiki is the path of forgiveness and enlightenment. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature. The culmination of Aikido is expressed by aligning one's center with the center expressed throughout nature. Aikido movement maintains this firm and stable center with an emphasis on spherical rotation characterized by flowing, circular, dance-like motions. These pivoting, entering and circling motions are used to control and overcome the opponent. The principle of spherical rotation makes it possible to defend one self from an opponent of superior size, strength, and experience.
Registration fee waived. Does not include the cost of a uniform (gi). Non-members only. One certificate per person.