Self Defense Martial Arts Instruction, Aikido
Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins Aikido provides a family oriented and non-competitive environment to practice and learn self-defense, self-confidence, dicipline and life balance through the martial art of Aikido. Our weekly classes focus on harmony and cooperative practice and are open to all ages, genders, and skill levels. Please, see our web page or facebook page for more information. Or, contact us with any questions you may have at email@example.com.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We practice in The Space at Fusion Health Center, located next to Fusion Massage just off of McClelland Dr. in Fort Collins. There is a different Aikido Dojo just around the corner. So, be sure you come to the right place. The instructor is Stephen O'Hara and the Dojo is right next to Fusion Massage.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: You can try out a week of classes for FREE. We are a not-for-profit club but we do pay rent for our practice space so, if you wish to attend regularly we have several membership plans starting at $30 per month. We also offer family and student discounts.
Q: What do I wear?
A: If you already have a martial arts uniform, by all means feel free to wear it. If not, all that is required is comfortable clothes that you can move in. We do ask that you avoid zippers or dangly bits that could damage the mats. And you should remove jewelry. Otherwise, just be comfortable. (FYI, we do practice bare footed so shoes are not important)
Q: Do I need gloves or pads?
A: No. Aikido is a "gentle" art in that there are, basically, no strikes. All practice is cooperative and practitioners learn to defend themselves by harmonizing with the energy that is given to them. We do not break boards, bricks, or each other. However, do not make the mistake of thinking that "gentle" means that Aikido is not effective in real-world situations. Practitioners know that the techniques taught in Aikido are some of the most effective defensive techniques in the world.
We are a not-for-profit club.
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O’Hara sensei holds a doctorate degree in Computer Science and works as a scientist for a leading provider of commercial satellite imagery. Stephen has years of classroom teaching experience, both professionally and at the university level, which has equipped him with a variety of tools for relating complex subjects to his students. Students of Fort Collins Aikikai benefit from O’Hara sensei’s open and engaging style, lucid explanations, and his message of continual learning and improvement at all levels.