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Aikido, and the Spritual Arts - moving (tai chi/chi gong) and sitting (meditation)
Aikido - the practice of spiritual harmony - is the peaceful, graceful martial arts.
Created in Japan right after WW2 by the world’s foremost martial arts practitioner, Morehei Uesheba, aikido was developed to heal a wounded and devastated country. It is uniquely wonderful for self-defense, self-esteem , self-discipline and fellowship. The goals are to blend with your opponent, learn to take a fall and develop acute self-awareness.
It is like a silent dance that one can bring to wherever one goes. Aikido can begin at the youngest age and be practiced to the oldest. In between you are welcome into practice with other aikido-ists at dojos everywhere, as a member of the world aikido community.
This program, will begin with the gentle basics. A unique feature where ours differs in that we invite parent - child combinations to attend and take part.
In addition to aikido, at the start or end of practice, we will learn and do meditation. The moving meditation will be tai-chi, short form, and the sitting meditation will be from a few traditions.
Adult will register and one child per adult may attend.
- 5 days prior to the start of the program
- A $10.00 late fee applies to all registrations after the deadline
- Michael Hoffman, has practiced aikido, as a member of dojos in Mass (Salem, Beverly and Cambridge) and in seminars in NY, Philadelphia, Cambridge and Switzerland. Michael’s introduction began with tai-chi practiced in Asia and Singapore also studying with a master exiled from China. Michael began his aikido practice at various dojos under New England Aikikai, achieving first kyu. His favorite parts of aikido are Ukemi and Ronduri. Michael is a retired resident of Belchertown who enjoys swimming, biking, running and pickleball.