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Can Kids Do Aikido?

“Children can definitely do Aikido. It is a martial art that allows children to learn many skills that will benefit them in today’s world. Learning how to listen, follow direction, work and be compassionate toward others, are just a few of the skills they learn while doing Aikido. The physical aspect cannot be denied either. Learning how to fall and roll, while protecting themselves is an invaluable skill to learn not only for children, but adults as well. The earliest age to start children is usually at 4-5 years old. This is when a foundation can be set and be built upon, throughout their development. Kids can come to Aikido at whatever age and development stage they are at. At Brooklyn Aikido we want to focus on working with all members, wherever they are at in their development, to foster best results, whether you are young, old, or in between. This said, we hope to begin a children’s program as soon as we have a permanent dojo space, hopefully by summer 2017. Please fill out the contact form if you want to be notified about kids classes.” (Chase)

Bushwick Dojo - Claire Demo

Can Women Do Aikido?

Yes, absolutely woman can do aikido! Woman are warmly welcomed and urged to practice aikido! It is a fantastic martial art for women because the aim is not to “muscle” your way through the techniques but rather use balance, your center (ki), timing, and precision to throw/pin your opponent. More and more women have found aikido to be a martial art that allows them to excel and feel grounded in their bodies. At Brooklyn Aikido, our head instructor – Claire Sensei – is a woman who has trained for many years and has much to teach both women and men about empowering yourself. (Gillian)

Can People Over 40 Do Aikido?

“Yes, most certainly people over 40 can do aikido! Aikido is available for all people, young and old, who have a desire to learn. Through regular practice, you will find your body will become more flexible, balanced and adept, and you will find enjoyment at whatever age you may be. The pace of your training can be adapted to your individual skill level, no matter what your physical condition is. Aikido has much to offer those who feel they are too old to try a new activity. The benefits of aikido training are endless, in both your mind and body – you just need to have some courage to step onto the mat!” (Gillian)

What are testing requirements?

What are the testing requirements?

“Here are the test requirements and the number of practice days needed before taking each test. Each name includes an attack and the technique responded with; for instance, Shomenuchi Ikkyo is a shomen attack (head strike) and an ikkyo response (arm pin.) At the bottom is a glossary of the name of the attacks.” (Gordon)

5TH KYU (60 DAYS)
Shomenuchi Ikkyo
Shomenuchi Iriminage
Katatetori Shihonage
Ryotetori Tenchinage
Tsuki Kotegaeshi
Ushiro Tekubitori Kotegaeshi
Morotetori Kokyuho

4TH KYU (80 DAYS)
Shomenuchi Nikkyo
Yokomenuchi Shihonage
Tsuki Iriminage
Ushiro Tekubitori Sankyo
Ushiro Ryokatatori Kotegaeshi
Suwari waza Shomenuchi Ikkyo
Suwari waza Katatori Nikkyo
Suwari waza Katatori Sankyo

3RD KYU (100 DAYS)
Yokomenuchi Iriminage (2 ways)
Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
Tsuki Kaitennage (uchi & soto)
Ushiro Ryokatatori Sankyo
Morotetori Iriminage (2 ways)
Shomenuchi Sankyo
Suwari waza Shomenuchi Iriminage
Suwari waza Shomenuchi Nikkyo
Hanmi handachi Katatetori Shihonage
Hanmi handachi Katatetori Kaitennage

2ND KYU (200 DAYS)
Shomenuchi Shihonage
Shomenuchi Kaitennage
Yokomenuchi Gokyo
Ushiro Tekubitori Shihonage
Ushiro Tekubitori Jujinage
Ushiro Kubishime Koshinage
Morotetori Nikkyo
Hanmi handanchi Shomenuchi Iriminage
Hanmi handanchi Katatetori Nikkyo
Hanmi handanchi Yokomenuchi Kotegaeshi
Freestyle: 2 attackers

1ST KYU (300 DAYS)
Katatori menuchi – 5 techniques
Yokomenuchi – 5 techniques
Morotetori – 5 techniques
Shomenuchi – 5 techniques
Ryotetori – 5 techniques
Koshinage – 5 techniques
Hanmi handachi Ushiro Waza – 5 techniques
Tantotori
Freestyle: 3 attackers

SHODAN (300 DAYS)
All of 1-st kyu requirements
Tachitori
Jotori
Henka Waza
Freestyle: 4 attackers

NIDAN (400 DAYS)
All of Shodan requirements
Tachitori – 2 attackers
Kaeshi Waza
Freestyle: 5 attackers

SANDAN (500 DAYS)
Subject of exam to be determined
by examiner at the time of the exam

GLOSSARY
Hanmi Handachi – Uke standing and Nage sitting
Jotori – Jo techniques
Katatetori – One hand grab to wrist
Katatori – One hand grab to collar
Morotetori – Two hands on one
Ryotetori – Both wrists held from the front
Shomenuchi – Strike to forehead
Suwariwaza – Techniques from sitting
Tachitori – Attack with sword
Tantotori – Attack with knife
Tsuki – Thrust or punch
Ushiro Kubishime – Choke from behind and wrist grab
Ushiro Ryokatatori – Both shoulders held from behind
Ushiro Tekubitori – Both wrists held from behind
Ushiro Waza – Any attack from behind