Aikido of Gainesville
This will mean the dojo will be closed on Wednesday afternoons. I will reopen at around 5:30pm and be ready for Iaido classes and Aikido classes from 6pm through to 8:30pm. Classes at Queen of Peace will begin on 8/30/17 and will finish on 10/30/17 because basketball season starts and gym will not be available.
Alachua County schools will be opening the week of Aug 14-18. Therefore the dojo classes will flip from mornings to afternoons next week. I will be at the dojo early, but classes will start from 2:30pm to 4pm for the younger kids 6-11 and 4pm to 5:30pm for the older kids or teens as well as advanced students. If there are newer students in the first class, we usually are not able to cover more advanced techniques. The older students are able to comprehend faster and usually advance faster. Still, I am not very strict with when students must show up. If there is a new younger student in the later class, I try diligently to accommodate the needs of as many students as I can. Often this comes in the form of one of the more advanced students teaching the younger student. This is also good practice for the senior students. Teaching reinforces what the student understands. When you have to explain a technique, it is really driven into your psyche.
Tuesday Evening practices have become intermittent. I cannot reliably state the dojo will be open on Tuesday evenings. Please call ahead of time to determine if there will be a class that evening. Call first Jun Evangelista 352-222-0872. If no answer or Jun is not teaching, call Keith McInnis 352-258-4725.
This was a facebook post from a new student after our class on the night of 7/13/17. It was a wonderful night. We had total of 15 for the empty hand free class. About half were early teenage girls. I focused on the anti-bully techniques. These are simple but effective and exactly what I want them to take away as immediately usable.
This a posting from the mother who participated with her daughter.
Me and my 12 year old daughter Cailey attended our first class tonight to learn Aikido,.. and we LOVED it! I took my daughter to her first class tonight in hopes that it would be just what she needed to regain her confidence, learn self defense, and find her inner strength thru this art of peace. What I didn't expect was that I would join in and find the same thing! We both tend to be shy and anxious, but felt right at home with the wonderful Sensei, Mr. Huffman and the rest of the classmates and instructors. Mr. Keith, one of the instructors, explained all the class options clearly and really helped us understand what is all possible through Aikido. Great class, friendly people, free and affordable classes, and a in perfect location! We both learned so much in just one class and can't wait for the next one. I would highly recommend that anyone (adult or child) try Aikido of Gainesville, you may find exactly what you feel you are missing right there in that Dojo! Thank you for bringing Aikido to this area.. I feel that it is (and will be) a blessing for so many people! ♡
Wow! Isn't that great! I'm making a difference!
Martin passed his 5th test Saturday, the 23 of July. He did very well. So well that I didn't have him repeat very many techniques. He was done in eleven minutes. Not quite as fast as his sister did last month, but still very good. She was done in ten minutes. I grade using the symbols of Aikido, which is how Nishio Sensei graded tests in his style. Circle is very good almost no mistakes. Triangle is pass but there were a number of mistakes. Square means you need more practice, so come back and try again next time. Martin got a circle this time, but it was his second try. So he improved quite a bit. Getting a square is a wake-up call. Usually they are pretty aware that things are not going well and they are not totally heart broken when the square happens. When they come back again the test usually goes much better.
The Kids classes start at 9am till 10:30am and Teens classes run from 10:30am to Noon. I'm am not very strict with what time either age group starts or finishes. If there are students who want to come and stay all morning, I'm delighted. It only becomes a problem if the Teens are too big and might injure the smaller students. This has very rarely been a problem. In fact only once in 15 years.
We normally start out with a skill game, usually dodge ball from two sides. The kids are helping each other more and more. Especially when we play freeze dodge-ball. When you get hit you say help, help and somebody comes to unfreeze you, unless that person gets hit too. This is when they realize that helping each other is beneficial. This game gets them looking around and being more aware of what's going on. It works the same for the throwers because they look for the balls on their side as well as throwing the extra ball back to the other side. Sometimes the thrower needs to ask for a ball to be returned. They say "I need a ball!" It's a fun game.
I have always known that the main line of Aikido does not focus on effective techniques. Recently I have discovered that the headquarters dojo deliberately changed how techniques were executed in order to spread Aikido around the world. This frustrated the founder of Aikido, perhaps causing him to develop a cancer. One day a student asked about the effectiveness of the techniques. In a fit of frustration O'Sensei told him, "The Aikido being taught here in Tokyo is for exercise. My Aikido is for the battlefield. If you want to learn my Aikido go to Iwama and learn from Saito." He was referring to Morihiro Saito Sensei. He was the teacher of three of the teachers I started Aikido under. I managed to get the Navy to send me to Japan so I could study with him as well. I also studied with his son Hitohiro Saito for three years on the south side of Tokyo.
Being stationed nearer to Yokohama I also trained with Nishio Sensei on a number of nights. My advancements came from Nishio Sensei who also advocated strong effective techniques. I teach the Iwama Style as a foundation and the Nishio Style as advanced for flow and speed. Nishio Style is more complex. I have been so fortunate to study the two styles of Aikido that maintain a sense of Budo (martial way) while the main line of Aikido has chosen to maintain an exercise way.
... Perhaps in the future I will need to charge for tests, however for now, I will continue to test students for free.
... I have decided that I have been too generous in my discounts which may be giving the appearance of less valuable instruction than what I give. Also the rates need to be closer adhered to so the dojo can stay open. Therefore, starting with the March 15th rate changes, the maximum discount will be 20%. So 5 classes will be 5%, 10 classes will be 10%, 15 classes will be 15% and 20 classes will be 20%.
To see and learn more about the dojo, go across the top menu to "About". On the drop down menu click on "Location". On that page there are 10 videos showing the dojo with explanations of what I have on the walls.
Under the videos menu I have added instructional videos for both Iwama Style and Nishio Style. I will begin showing how I teach the techniques, as time allows. You may find them very informative.
If you want to get in contact with me. email@example.com or 352-494-7816
Aikido for Kids start weekdays at
9am to 10:30am.
Aikido for Teens start weekdays at 10:30am to Noon. If you desire to come for the whole time in the morning I'm OK with that too.
The more time spent in class becomes more learned which means the faster the advancement.
Free Saturday classes will remain in the mornings until further notice.
Kids 9am to 10:30am and
Teens 10:30am to Noon
AOG web sites with information about Kids classes are;
Aikido Kids of Gainesville,
Stop the Bully Using Aikido and
Bully Defense Using Aikido
These sites have more information about what to expect in Kids and Teens classes and Anti-Bully techniques.
Thursday Free Class times are 6:30-8:00pm.
There is now a weapons class from 8:05 to 9:00pm following the free class.
The Nishio Sensei videos shown above here are advanced techniques. Unless you are already pretty advanced when you walk in, it will be some time before I teach a new person these techniques. I start practically everybody in the Iwama Style to build knowledge and a foundation of basic techniques. After you have the knowledge to pass the third test, then you will better understand and appreciate the Nishio Style techniques which are strong and fast. The amount of things coordinating can be overwhelming for a beginner. I had four years experience behind me when I started with Nishio Sensei in Yokohama and the complexity of his techniques still overwhelmed me. I have heard that Nishio Sensei used to tell beginners to go get their 1st or 2nd degree black-belts somewhere else, then come learn from him. So they would be done with fundamentals before they came to learn with him.
1. The Sensei (instructor) is knowledgeable, helpful and safe.
2. The techniques work and can be powerful, but don't always need to be powerful.
3. The senior students look out for and help the junior students and keep things safe.
4. Everybody is learning a lot and having fun.
There are Dojos that stand a lot on visual image and ritual because they can't stand on knowledge and there are Dojos that forego a lot of ritual and may not look like much but they have an abundance of knowledge. We are in the latter group.
I am teaching high quality, world class Aikido. I explain in great detail so you learn a lot but you won 't realize this until you go somewhere else and experience what others are learning. This was the goal of going to Japan. You will not get to world class level in a week, a month or a year. You can get to above average in a year. World class takes minimum 3 years if you are committed to coming often. Normally it will take 5-7 years, but you will know the quality here immediately if you practice in another Aikido Dojo. Average people don't get to black belt. They quit too soon. The above average get to black belt similar to Eagle Scout attainment. Average students become above average with patient persistence and perseverance.
This special is the same for Kids, Teens or Adult Classes. 20 Classes for $320. The discount is $80 off for a 20% discount. Classes are 1 1/2 hour long. For the Kids and Teens there are usually water breaks on the 1/2 hour. For the Adults the break comes around 45 minutes. If the practice is very lively or hot, we may break at the half hours. For most beginners the focus is on simple anti-bully techniques. As proficiency improves more traditional Aikido techniques are taught. Advanced practice includes Nishio Style techniques and more weapons practice. I'm often teaching the integration of the empty hand with the weapons because the weapon can teach you more how and why the technique works. For relatives and friends who buy classes there is a 3 class bonus for each relative or friend, a $60 value.
Summer Season Aikido Specials are 5, 10, 15 or 20 class options that offer increasing discounts of 5%, 10%, 15% or 20% off. This has been expanded to 30 or 40 classes with similar discounts.
We use a punch card system.
Buy a number of classes, the more classes the greater the discount. The cards are good until used up.
+3 classes for Referrals!!!
Bring a Friend or Relative who buys some classes and get 3 more free classes for both of you!
This special is the same for Kids, Teens or Adult Classes. 10 Classes for $180. The discount is $20 off for a 10% discount. Classes are 1 1/2 hour long. For the Kids and Teens there are usually water breaks on the 1/2 hour. For the Adults the break comes around 45 minutes. If the practice is very lively or hot, we may break at the half hours. For most beginners the focus is on simple anti-bully techniques. As proficiency improves more traditional Aikido techniques are taught. Advanced practice includes Nishio Style techniques and more weapons practice. I'm often teaching the integration of the empty hand with the weapons because the weapon can teach you more how and why the technique works. For relatives and friends who buy classes there is a 3 class bonus for each relative or friend, a $60 value.
This special is the same for Kids, Teens or Adult Classes. 5 Classes for $95. The discount is $5 off for a 5% discount. Classes are 1 1/2 hour long. For the Kids and Teens there are usually water breaks on the 1/2 hour. For the Adults the break comes around 45 minutes. If the practice is very lively or hot, we may break at the half hours. For most beginners the focus is on simple anti-bully techniques. As proficiency improves more traditional Aikido techniques are taught. Advanced practice includes Nishio Style techniques and more weapons practice. I'm often teaching the integration of the empty hand with the weapons because the weapon can teach you more how and why the technique works. For relatives and friends who buy classes there is a 3 class bonus for each relative or friend, a $60 value.
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