About 10 years ago I randomly walked into an Aikido class at the Berkeley Y. I stuck around for several years - enough to make fourth Kyu and get my blue belt. I had black hair at that last test. I had planned to get my black belt in 2001, but I stopped practicing and priorities put aikido at the bottom of the list. Then I moved to LA and lost touch with my dojo.
Last fall I started getting a hankering to practice again. I looked around for a dojo or sword class, but didn't find one I liked. Then I found out an old friend and fellow student, lived in LA, was now a black belt _and_ teaching. Andrew was one of my favorite practice partners years ago, so when I found out he was teaching less than a mile from my house, I was so back on the mat.
Except we didn't have many mats. That's changing tonight. You see, when I was up in the Bay Area, I picked up some old Shusekai mats. These are most likely the same ones I practiced on 10 years ago. And now they're here in our dojo in Hollywood.
I'm so excited to doing aikido again - especially shusekai aikido. Perhaps you'd like to join me? Please do, although my favorite applications of aikido are off the mat.
at BODYWORKS Studio
6575 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
$20 per class
or 5 class block for $75
beginners always welcome
Benefits of Aikido Shusekai training include:
• Increased calm, confidence, awareness, and focus
• Improved stamina, posture, flexibility, and coordination
• Increased poise and resourcefulness in the face of crisis and conflict
• A bearing and attitude that helps to defuse potential conflicts
before they start
• Healing of old fears and traumas related to conflict and aggression
• Meeting good people