Monday, March 9, 2009

Aikido Decatur

In its regular schedule, Aikido Decatur offers classes to children 8 to 12 and to youth and adults 13 and over at its dojo on the square in downtown Decatur. Joel Riggs (2nd dan), the chief instructor at Aikido Decatur, began training in San Francisco in 1993 with Robert Nadeau (7th dan), a student of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (1883-1969). Joel Sensei moved to Decatur with his wife and son in late 2008. More info available at Phone: (678) 662-9237.
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a non-violent martial art for adults and children that teaches how control or escape from attackers while not harming them. When someone attacks, an aikidoist will move in the same direction and at the same speed as the attacker, blending with their energy without a hard impact.
Once a connection is made, the aikidoist can then take control of the attacker's body with one of hundreds of techniques, and can then either pin them to the ground or throw them a short distance away. Through consistent training, aikidoists develop a heightened sense of their surroundings, the ability to resolve conflicts without injury, and an attitude of harmony that just might keep them from being attacked in the first place!

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