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Two Rivers Aikikai Classes for Adults and Teens
Two Rivers Aikikai offers several types of classes.
Click here to download our Monthly Dues Rates as a file (87k).
Description of Classes, Rules of Practice and Monthly Fees are shown below.
The schedule below is current as of March 17, 2020.
Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended all classes until further notice. Our normal schedule is posted below, for your reference.
Thinking of Starting Aikido?
Beginner Classes are offered in the following months:
January, March, May, July, September and November. Our next session begins Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Classes run three times a week for 4 weeks.
On Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:30pm you will be with other beginners in a small class with 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. You will learn new material and practice with other dojo members.
On Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am you will get a chance to practice what you learned on Tuesday and Saturday.
What you will learn:
How to warm up, stretch properly and strengthen your core. Stances and body movements with proper posture, vision and awareness.
Basic backward and forward rolls. Ways to interact safely with partners on the mat so you feel confident to move into Basic Aikido classes after your 4 week session.
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. A brand new gi is big and scratchy. Washing it helps it soften and fit you better.
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.
Download our Beginners Information sheet as a file (111k) for printing.
Download our Objectives for the Beginner Program as a file (52k) for printing.
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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 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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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 in their 4 week session. 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 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
You may download our Rules of Practice as a file (42k).
- 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.
- Every dojo member will show respect to the dojo, to their training tools, to fellow students and to themselves by following the guidelines set forth below and in the Rules of Etiquette for the dojo.
- Before stepping on to 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. Keep a small washcloth tucked in your gi to wipe sweat from your face and wrists during practice.
- Receive instruction thoughtfully and follow the instructor's directions to the best of your ability.
- When you or a partner have a question,it is most often best answered by the instructor.
- When practicing, show respect to your partners by blending in with their movements. Try your best not to push or resist. As nage, lead your partner's energy in the desired direction. As uke, give your partners the energy they need to perform the desired technique.
- 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. Be careful not to react with competitive displays of ego, tests of strength or any intention to injure. Always ask an instructor for assistance if you feel unsafe with a partner.
- 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. Good posture promotes an enhanced awareness.
- 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 practicing from other dojos are welcome to help with cleaning.
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Monthly Membership Dues
The New Student Registration fee for adults and teens is $50. Family rates are available.
||$90 for one month, $255 for three months or $480 for six months.
||$170 per month, $480 for three months or $900 for six months.
||$50 per month for children 6 - 11 on Thursdays & Saturdays
Registration fee $35 per family.
||$70.00 per month for teens ages 12 - 17, $195 for 3 months
|$135 for 1 month (includes 1 month membership dues, registraton fee and a gi)
$125 each for 1 month if you join with a friend
$300 for 3 months (includes 3 months membership dues, registration fee and a gi)
$250 each for 3 months if you join with a friend
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.
Click here to download our current fees as a file (87k).
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and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members.