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Two Rivers Aikikai Classes for Adults and Teens

Two Rivers Aikikai offers several types of classes.
Description of Classes, Rules of Practice and Monthly Fees are shown below.

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The schedule below is current as of January 1, 2018.

Sundays Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays
  
  
  
  
  
  
7:30-9:00am
Muso Shinden
Ryu Iaido
9:30-10:45am
Sunday Aikido
open to
all students
  
4 Week Aikido
Beginner Session
Jan 9 to Feb 6, 2018
  
5:00-5:50pm
Aikido for Children
ages 8 to 11
  
9:15 - 10:15am
Aikido for Children
ages 6 to 11
  
5:30-6:30pm
Muso Shinden
Ryu Iaido
5:45-6:30pm
Beginners
or
Open Mat
5:30-6:30pm
Muso Shinden
Ryu Iaido
6:00-7:00pm

Basic Aikido
5:30-6:00 pm
Open Mat
Test Prep

10:30-12:00noon
Beginners
and Basic Aikido
  
6:30-7:30pm

Aikido & Weapons
6:30-7:30pm

Basic Aikido
6:30-7:30pm

Aikido & Weapons
7:00-7:30pm
Open Mat
or
Test Prep
6:00-7:15pm

Aikido & Weapons
12:00-12:45pm
Open Mat
or
Test Prep

Thinking of Starting Aikido?

Beginner Classes are offered in the following months:

January, March, May, July, September and November. Check with us for the exact start date. Classes run twice a week for 4 weeks.

On Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:30pm you will be with other beginners in a small class.

You will get lots of individual attention from our highly qualified instructors.

On Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 am the beginner class is integrated into the basics class.


What you will learn:

How to stretch properly and strehgthen your core. Stances and body movements

Basic backward and forward rolls. Ways to interact safely with partners on the mat.

Cost: $125

This includes your registration fee, membership dues for one month and your practice uniform (gi).

Pre-registration is required: Come to the dojo at least one week early to observe a class and ask questions.

Fill out a registration form, make your payment and take your new gi home to wash before your first class.

Amenities:
We have changing rooms with showers for women and men plus a gender neutral accessible restroom with a shower. Two Rivers Aikikai supports each person's right to use the dressing room of their choice.

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Description of Classes

Basic Aikido Classes

In our Basic Aikido Classes, which are open to all students, techniques and ukemi (taking falls) are broken down to their foundations and practiced methodically. In these classes, advanced students practice with less experienced students. We all learn a lot from each other. Understanding body structure and mechanics is an important part of gaining proficiency in Aikido. Since we all have different body types, we move and react in a variety of ways. Because of these differences, advanced students can learn a lot from the beginning students.

Please note that Saturday's Beginner and Basics classes merge into one 90 minute class. Early on in the beginner session, the beginners will have a chance to bow out after approximately 50 minutes. Once they learn their forward and back rolls, they may remain on the mat for the entire class.


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Aikido & Weapons

These classes give us a chance to practice at a faster and more flowing pace. We still concentrate on the basics, but we might practice with tanto (wooden dagger) or with multiple attackers. We try hard to keep track of our centers and our ki. Maintaining good posture throughout the technique is important for both nage (the person doing the technique) and for uke (the person being thrown or pinned). The circularity of the technique becomes more evident as we learn to keep moving without hesitating from beginning of the attack to the end of the throw. These classes are open to all students comfortable with their falls. Toward the end of class, we practice with Bokken (wooden sword), or Jo (wooden staff). This portion of class may include Jo Tori & Tachi Tori (take away techniques), Bokken Suburi (solo and partner practice), Jo Kata (solo and partner practice), Kumi Tachi and Kumi Jo.

Open Mat

Open mat is not a formal class, but a time for students to practice techniques, ukemi or basic movements like tenkan, tenshin or enten. Students can practice alone or with other students. An instructor is available for answering questions and guidance. This is a good time to work at your own pace. Beginners can work on stretching and getting into better shape. Students often use open mat to practice for tests. Although this is not a formal class, proper etiquette is observed.


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Sunday Aikido

Our Sunday Aikido class will be taught by a variety of instructors on a rotating basis. The class is open to all students including beginners who have practiced in two of their eight beginner classes. The Sunday Aikido class will help students focus on the relationship between body, mind and spirit. Teri and Koyanis Sensei will occasionally teach an introduction to their workshop on Aikido and Conflict Resolution as well as a variety of examples of Aikido off the Mat.

Iaido

Iaido is a non-combative physical and mental discipline based on the prescribed use of the Japanese sword. Practicing Iaido helps one polish the self with a combination of control and flexibility of mind, body and spirit for a particular situation at a particular place in time. Koyanis Sensei's permission is required for observation and participation. Practice is centered on Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, though several additional series are studied. Please visit our About Iaido page or the Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation website for a list of forms we practice and the testing requirements.


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Rules of Practice at Two Rivers Aikikai

  • Every student and instructor has the responsibility to cooperate in creating an atmosphere of harmony and respect and a spirit of pleasure and enjoyment in the dojo.
  • Respect O Sensei's teachings as interpreted by all instructors at Two Rivers Aikikai. Show respect the dojo, your training tools, your fellow students and yourself.
  • Receive instruction and sincerely follow the instructor's directions to the best of your ability. The aim of Aikido is to develop the truly human self. There is no room for displays of ego, tests of strength, any kind of competition or intention to hurt or injure.
  • Be careful not to offer verbal instructions to your partner unless it is a matter of safety. Learning in Aikido involves a lot of trial and error. It is ok to make mistakes. We can learn from our mistakes. If your partner asks you a question, you may answer it briefly or ask the instructor of the class for clarification.
  • There will be no competition on the mat. Aikido is not street fighting. The purpose of Aikido is not to fight and defeat an enemy, but to fight and defeat your own aggressive instincts. Aikido is a tool to develop a better society through each individual's character development. Aikido ultimately makes violent behavior obsolete.
  • Before stepping onto the mat, please make sure that your hands and feet are clean and that your fingernails and toenails are trimmed. Do not wear any jewelry during class. Your gi should be clean and in good repair. Keep your jacket closed and your belt tied snugly during class. Keep a small washcloth tucked in your gi to wipe sweat from your face and wrists during practice.
  • Always be alert - not just to what is in front of you, but all around you. Pay attention to avoid accidental collisions. Be aware of your limitations and those of your partners.
  • Cleaning the dojo proper after each class is a part of practice. Follow the lead of your senior students or ask an instructor for a cleaning chore. Visitors are welcome to help with cleaning.
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 Monthly Fees

Adults $80.00 for one month, $200 for three months or $400 for six months.
Couples $140.00 per month, $340. for three months or $680. for six months.
Children $30.00 per month for children 6 & 7 on Saturdays only
$50.00 per month for children ages 8 - 11 on Thursdays & Saturdays
Registration fee $35 per family.
Teens $60.00 per month for teens ages 12 - 17. The 4 Week Beginner Session is $125.00
Beginner
Special
$125.00 for 1 month (includes 1 month membership dues, registraton fee and a gi)
$250.00 for 3 months (includes 3 months membership dues, registration fee and a gi)
The New Student Registration fee for adults and teens is $50.
Two Rivers Aikikai is a nonprofit organization. Instructors are not paid to teach, which is considered part of their training.
Dues allow you to practice in unlimited classes. Seminar fees are not covered by regular dues.

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