Aikido is simply the best way I know of finding your center, settling your mind, and developing your spirit. Aikido was developed this century in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba. After years of mastering different martial arts and years of seclusion and meditation, Ueshiba discovered that the true purpose of all martial arts is to preserve life and resolve conflict. Ueshiba developed Aikido based on this philosophy.
Aikido develops both practical self-defense skills and a joyful, compassionate approach to resolving conflict. Students learn throwing and pinning techniques and how to fall safely when thrown. Aikido techniques do not rely on superior strength or size and can be practiced by women and men of any age or physical condition.
My favorite place to train in San Francisco is Aikido of Noe Valley. Steve Gengo is the chief instructor there. Steve has been doing Aikido for more than 30 years and has been teaching for over 20 years. He has a PhD in psychology with extensive training in religion and philosophy, all of which he incorporates into his teaching, which in my opinion deeply enriches the classes.
|Aikido of Noe Valley
Chief Instructor: Steve Gengo, 5th dan
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Noon-1:30pm all levels
4:30-5:30pm kids class (ages 6-11)
6:00-7:00pm beginners class
7:00-8:00pm general training
Sunday weapons class
1622 Castro Street (at 26th St.) in San Francisco’s Noe Valley
Phone: (415) 647-8401 (messages)
Aikido of Noe Valley
Suginami Aikido – Another great dojo in SF, on the corner of 11th and Minna
Aikido West – The best place to learn Aikido on the Penninsula
Invincible Warrior – A great book about the founder of Aikido – Ueshiba – by John Stevens