Family (ages 6-12) and Adult Aikido classes are offered at the YMCA of Northern BC.
Family classes are on Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 to 7:30. Family Aikido is about fun, personal development and learning to use one's body. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Adult classes are on Tuesday and Thursday 7:30-9:00 and Friday 1:00-2:15. (Friday is reserved for senior students)
Aikido is a contemporary Japanese budo or "Martial Way" developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). At the heart of Aikido training lies the concept, not of defeating an attacker, but rather of effectively meeting, redirecting and guiding an opponent’s force to neutralize an attack or aggressive situation.
Techniques can range widely in intensity, speed and vigor - from smooth, fluid, and circular body movements that redirect an opponent's momentum with great efficiency, to rapid, linear body movements that intercept an attack and effectively neutralize, throw, or immobilize an aggressor. The effective application of an Aikido technique is achieved through the precise use of timing, control of the breath, leverage, momentum, balance, and internal energy, originating from the integrated, coordinated and relaxed use of the body.
Aikido is based on principles of correct movement rather than on strength and can be practiced by persons of all ages and physical abilities.
Classes are free with YMCA membership, which range from $38/month for a Young Adult (ages 15-24) to $51/month for an Adult. Children up to the age of 14 are free with a Young Adult or Adult membership. Y membership also gives access to other classes, the gym and childminding. A beginner's promotion is currently offered at $30 per session (one session lasts a month).
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For more information please phone (778-558-7164), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our Facebook page.
Classes are held at the YMCA of Northern BC in the All Purpose Room (2nd floor). The Y is located at 2020 Massey Drive.