Boys and Girls Clubs of San DieguitonPolster Branch – Carmel Valley
3800-A Mykonos Lane - San Diego, CA 92130
FIND THE RIGHT CLASS FOR YOU
AIKI-KIDS (age 5-9)
Children in this age group learn best when they are having fun, and this group has a lot of fun! Much of the class time is spent in games that have been carefully developed to allow kids to learn self-discipline, respect for others, control of their own body and awareness of what is going on around them. The class environment is positive, encouraging and inclusive. Students are urged, through positive reinforcement, to continually improve. Students are introduced to fundamentals of Aikido: proper and safe Ukemi (falling techniques); the Kihon Dosa (Basic Movements); after progressing through several belt levels they begin to learn the Kihon Waza (Basic Techniques). The grading system gives all children a way for achieving a Kid’s Black Belt in Aikido.
AIKI-YOUTH (age 10-14)
The class strongly challenges these children to develop their body strength, balance and endurance while strengthening their mental focus and enlarging their awareness of themselves and others. Some of the ways we teach this include: learning proper Aikido etiquette, games, testing for promotions, participating in Aiki-Olympics, learning the fundamentals of Aikido: proper and safe Ukemi (falling techniques); the Kihon Dosa (Basic Movements); and the Kihon Waza (Basic Techniques). Over time and with regular attendance, your child will learn self-discipline, increased mental clarity and a positive attitude. Aiki-Youth students are also introduced to the use of bokken (wooden training sword), jo (staff) and tanto (knife) in their training. The youth class follows the yearly International Yoshinkan Aikido test syllabus.
ADULT CLASSES (14+)
Aikido Del Mar is committed to the teaching of Budo or martial way. Its holistic approach to traditional Yoshinkan aikido training stresses strong posture, constant repetition of basic movements and techniques specifically designed to develop perfect balance, body center line, focus of power and breath power, while timing and speed are added to achieve extremely powerful techniques with zero strength. In the adult class, we spend majority of the time studying the foundational details such as the basic movements, ukemis, and various body awareness exercises to progress our understanding of aikido. Students are asked to let go of aggression within their own bodies and shedding egoic energy in order to learn the true spirit of aiki. Adult students are also introduced to the use of bokken (wooden training sword), jo (staff) and tanto (knife) in their training for further body awareness and ki awareness developments. The adult class follows the yearly International Yoshinkan Aikido test syllabus. n
ADVANCED TRAINING (14+)
In the brown belt and black belt advance training classes, we emphasis development of a strong spirit in order to allows the vital energy of ki to flow at will in the body. At the same time students deepen their understanding of the mind/body/spirit integration of aikido as the founder intended. Aikido must be practiced with an open mind in a spirit of compassion and respect for each other. It is only when the body, mind and heart become one and in harmony that the technique is truly expressed. This class allows higher-level training and a chance to explore the depth of this Art of Peace. Students come to a deeper understanding of how techniques work. This often requires students to give up old habits including the habit of using strength to “make” a technique work. In this class, we explore joy and freedom experienced when techniques are done in the true spirit of aiki that requires no egoic energy and forceful actions. This type of training is also the doorway for individuals seeking Enlightenment.
Monthly fee entitles you to unlimited classes and special events. Belt testing may require an additional fee. Families will be notified of belt testing eligibility and fee prior to testing. Family discounts available for multiple practitioners from the same household.
New Student Registration Packages $30:required of all new students and include one (1) lightweight gi (uniform) and Introduction Handbook.