What is Aikido?
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art form developed by Morihei Ueshiba, or "O Sensei" as he is known by his students and followers. Aikido seeks to resolve physical conflict peacefully, without a need to injure the attacker. Because aikido techniques are most effective when powered by core muscle strength and unified body movements rather than upper-body strength, it is an excellent martial art for women and men of all ages and physical conditions. Students learn a range of joint locks and throws, as well as ways to fall and roll safely.
Since 2004, Grinnell Aikido is an organization for staff, faculty and students of Grinnell College. We also have a few active community members from the city of Grinnell and surrounding communities.
We are an affiliate dojo of the University of Iowa Aikikai, and sponsored by the Grinnell College Wellness Program. Twice weekly we practice to learn this defensive martial art for peace-loving people.
Instruction is provided by Charles Cunningham [email@example.com], and occasionally by other club members such as Jackie Brown [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Joyce Stern [email@example.com] or by guest instructors from dojos in Central and Eastern Iowa.
For current practice times, please contact one of the instructors by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. New students are welcome to join at any time.