Class Info

The First Class is Free!

Whether you are new to martial arts or a seasoned aikidoka, your first class is free. We feel it is important for you to have an opportunity to see whether Rising Sun Aikido is right for you. To recieve your free class, you may Contact Us to make arrangements, or simply show up at the appropriate class time.

Come at least 15 minutes early to fill out forms
Wear loose clothing (sweats and a t-shirt)
Training uniforms (dogi) are also available to purchase
Remember – always train with joy!

Children/Teen

Teen

Sunday 2:00 – 3:00

Children

Sunday 3:15 – 4:15 PM or,
Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:00 PM

The aims of the Children and Teen (7-14 years old) programs at Rising Sun Aikido are the introduction of the most important aikido movements (tai sabaki), learning about how to take or maintain one’s balance, practicing basic Japanese expressions related to training, and to raise awareness about powerful, yet non-aggressive resolutions of conflicts. This self-passed program allows youth to progress at their own rate. Rank advancement occurs whenever the proficiency of belt rank requirements are demonstrated.

Beginner

Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 PM

The beginner’s class introduces the basic concepts and movements of Aikido. Students will learn a number of foundation techniques from an array of attacks. In addition to defensive techniques, methods of receiving techniques (ukemi) is emphasized. This class runs for eight weeks, and the class can start at any time. The course cost is $100 and students may attend one or both of the classes each week. The two classes per week cover the same material.

Advanced Aikido (4th Kyu and Above)

Friday 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Unlike the other classes where a step-by-step teaching and learning sequence is emphasized and followed, the advanced class’ learning philosophy rests in “doing aikido” — the emphasis is on the student being able to “see” the teacher performing any number of techniques in his or her art and then repeating or “copying” those techniques from the teacher. In addition, during the advanced class the student is encouraged to gain an understanding of the essence of the art to the best of the their abilities. This process allows the student to conceptualize the possibilities, which exist at any one particular moment in time. The advanced classes, by design, are less structured with regards how the student performs a technique but are focused on continuous movement and the tapestry of the art itself.

Weapons/Advanced Ukemi (Open to Everyone who has completed the Beginner’s Course)

Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM

Generally, advanced ukemi is studied for the first half of class and weapons are studied for the second half.

Ukemi is the art of receiving aikido techniques and is studied in depth in this class.

The movements of Aikido are based upon swordwork. Training with the weapons of Aikido, wooden sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) increases the students’ awareness of timing and distance. We do not study the life-taking sword (satsu jin ken), rather, the principle of katsu jin ken (life giving sword) is the focus. Training in this manner develops a higher level of compassion, as there is always the possibility of causing injury to your training partner. Weapons are great equalizers, and individuals who are used to relying upon muscular strength suddenly find themselves at a disadvantage if their musculature is engaged. While bokken and jo are considered outdated considering today’s weaponry, they are very useful in studying budo principles. At Rising Sun Aikido kumitachi and jo kata are required elements for all kyu examinations after rokyu. In addition to studying the principles of Aikido, this class focuses on these examination elements.