Aikido Martial Arts Classes
(Instructor: Dr. Roger Gonzalez)
Aikido is a martial art that focuses on the early neutralization of an attack by blending with the attack and then throwing or applying a joint lock to the attacker. Aikido does not rely on size or strength and instead relies on timing, proper positioning, and leverage. Morihei Ueshiba or O’Sensei (“Great Teacher) developed Aikido in the 1920’s from his practice and teaching of Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu incorporated with other martial arts he learned including jo (staff) and ken (sword) arts.
Aikido practice for children and teens cultivates flexibility, agility, coordination, fitness, and strength. Children and teens work with partners and in groups, learning to cooperate with peers and show respect for others. From the beginning of class starting with warm-up games to the careful study of a challenging technique, children and teens practice being aware, relaxed, and attentive to details.
The Aikido instructor, Dr. Roger Geertz Gonzalez, is a 4th degree black belt (Yondan) and certified Aikido instructor (Fukushidoin) within the United States Aikido Federation. He has been practicing Aikido since 1990 and began teaching children Aikido in 1994 at Florida Aikikai where he practiced from 1993 to 2013 under his current senseis (teachers) Peter Bernath (7th degree black belt and Shihan-Master Teacher) and Penny Bernath (6th degree black belt and Shihan-Master Teacher). He currently teaches adult Aikido classes in his dojo (martial arts school) West Shore Aikikai Aikido in Lemoyne, PA.
Ages: 5 – 7
Dates: March 2 – May 4 (10 weeks)
Times: 3:30-4:30 PM
Location: Cabin in Siebert Park
Cost: Residents $55.00 / Non-Residents $77.00