An invitation to Aikido: The Art of Peace

Aikido is a Japanese self-defense art that is built on principles of conflict transformation. It may look like a martial art, but its founder called it the ‘art of peace’. The aim is to resolve conflict in a way that harms neither the ‘attacked’ nor the ‘attacker’.

Our practice develops one’s ability to stay centered, calm, balanced, and aware. We learn to accept and face conflict, and to re-direct the energy of the opponent rather than simply oppose it. In Aikido, the more skill one develops, the more one realizes the power of gentleness.

Join us from 6 to 7:30pm Wednesdays, beginning Sept.8, in the fitness room in the Commons at EMU. The fee for the next three months of classes is $30 for students and EMU faculty/staff, $50 for other community members. All ages from teenager up and all experience levels welcome. No previous athletic experience necessary. We practice on gymnastic mats, where loose, comfortable clothing (including long pants) is recommended.

Taught by Phil Easley, Sho-Dan, Kodokan Aikido, Okazaki, Japan

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