Schedules are as follows:
Adults: Everyday, except Saturday
Children: M, W, F
Tots: Saturdays, 12 pm
Aikido is a self-defense, non-competitive martial art that emphasizes blending with an opponent's attack. The movements are designed to coordinate the defending and attacking bodies in order to redirect the natural flow and energy of the attack and neutralize it. In this way, aikido harmonizes all motion in a positive way instead of trying to conflict with it.
A basic premise of aikido is that the mind, body, and spirit must act together. The philosophy, ideals, and ethics of aikido are inseparable from the actual physical training. In order to lead another person into circular motion, we must first be in control of ourselves and be the stable, energized center.
Aikido is a multidimensional martial training system. Students gain a deeper knowledge of many aspects of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some of the physical benefits are: improved coordination, increased strength, greater stamina, increased flexibility, better posture and balance, and improved overall cardiovascular fitness. Aikido techniques also facilitate concentration, develop sensitivity, and promote relaxation.
Through serious aikido training, one develops the ability to respond positively to stressful situations. As one's awareness and focusing ability is enhanced, balance and calmness are easier to attain and maintain. Training in aikido helps nurture a strong, yet supple and relaxed, body as well as a calm, clear mind.
At Gold Coast Aikikai, we recognize the importance of incorporating daily training and forming daily habits for developing physical, mental, and emotional discipline throughout one's life. Our school offers aikido classes for adults and children. We promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage a family-like atmosphere while teaching important skills for self-defense training.