130 Juliustown Road, Columbus, NJ 08022
Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded in the early twentieth century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). This dynamic art is a sself defense where you neutralize your attacker. This is accomplished by evasive body movements which blend with the energy of the attack to redirect and control the attacker. Throws or wrist locks and pins finish the techniques. Because there is no direct conflict, Aikido techniques can be performed by any person without using physical strength. Aikido is not geared to competition. Training combines mental energy with physical awareness. The practice of Aikido provdies stress relief, coordination, self discipline and physical fitness.
Aikido the Martial Art of Self Defnse, Inc. was founded in 1992 ansd is dedicated to excellence in the instruction of Aikido. Claudia Stokley is the chief instructor. She began her study of Aikido in 1986. The dojo is a member of the Aikido Association of America. The Aikido Association of America provides quality instruction for the teaching of Aikido arts and philosophy. The AAA is recognized by the International Aikido Federation in Tokyo, Japan. The IAF is headed by Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder.
Tai-jitsu (open-hand), bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff) and tanto (wooden knife) techniques are taught. Students select their own schedule, but it is recommended to attend class at least twice a week. Testing for the kyu ranks is held periodically at the dojo. Dan level testing is held at regional and national seminars.
The dojo has open enrollment. New members are required to pay the registration fee and one month dues at the time they join. If a member is absent from the dojo without notice for two or more months, the registration fee must be repaid. There is a late charge of $5 per week. There is no charge for a child under 12 if their parent or guardian is an active member. There are no refunds. There is a $25 charge for returned checks.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
(children are included on Wednesday and Saturday)
Day classes can be arranged by appointment
$85 PER MEMBER 14 YEARS OLD AND UP (ADULT)
$55 PER MEMBER 5-13 YEARS OLD (CHILD)
ADULT $75 PER MONTH
CHILD $45 PER MONTH
Family Rates are available