Learn “The Art of Peace”, traditional Iwama-style aikido, at Aikido at The Center, 3100 N. Stone Ave. I took a self-defense class (with aikido principles) decades ago in college, and recently watched a demonstration by an aikido group at the 8th Annual Japanese speech contest.
“Aikido is not primarily a system of combat, but rather a means of self-cultivation and improvement. Aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests, or “sparring.” Instead, all aikido techniques are learned cooperatively at a pace commensurate with the abilities of each trainee. 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.” (from their website)
To find out more, log onto www.aikidoatthecenter.org, or call 520-887-3986 or drop by for a free class at their dojo. This group was at the February Tucson Peace Fair and believes: “The goal of aikido is to neutralize aggression rather than increase it.”
Adult aikido class schedule:
Thursday–12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Thursday evenings–5:30-6:30 pm (beginning and advanced weapons)
Sundays–9:00-10:00 am–advanced class (1st and 3rd Sundays only)
“If you are grounded and centered, you can’t make a bad decision” — Sensei Judith Robinson pictured above on the left, with a partner.