Do you want to learn how to
You feel stressed and want to relax and be happy.
You want an intense workout that builds muscle and increases dexterity.
You want the self-esteem boost that comes with knowing you can fight.
RELIEVE STRESS AND ANXIETY
We all have to deal with stress and anxiety in our lives – from work, family, and everything else. You need to have a healthy outlet for it to stay healthy.
Aikido banishes stress by burning it off. When you’re working out, you need to give over your body and mind to the process. There’s no room for worrying.
By the time you’re done working out, you’ll be flooded with endorphins and feeling a serious sense of accomplishment – and your stress will be under control.
you will grow with every class!
Aikido training will show you the path to change in you the negative to more positive, apathy to empathy, and despair to optimistic.
Improve your Fitness & Flexibility
Aikido will give you a total body workout that will help you burn more calories in less time, build more muscle, and increase strength. Aikido is also highly aerobic so you’ll increase your flexibility and balance while burning calories.
What Will I Learn In Aikido Class?
• How to respond to a larger opponent with harmony instead of force, so you can use leverage and skill to defeat a stronger attacker
• The three simple locks that require virtually no strength to apply, yet can be used to subdue even a large man with minimal effort
• How to use the "moving zen" of Aikido practice to calm your mind and focus your energy (this is great for stressed out professionals, execs, and parents!)
• How to off-balance and throw a person using just the energy of their inertia and circular, flowing movements
• How to subdue an attacker in such a way that no permanent damage is done
You will achieve additional Health benefits
The health benefits of Aikido are numerous. Aikido's emphasis on proper breathing, balance, and posture results in the steady improvement of physical and mental conditioning in one's daily life, and provides a sense of being energized and centered.
Aikido will Improve your confidence and self-esteem
* It will give you the confidence to defend yourself against an attacker.
* It will give you the confidence to achieve anything you set your mind to.
* It will give you the confidence to know you look great.
* It will give you the confidence to perform under pressure.
Great class and great teachers. I have been coming here for a few months and loved it since my first day! It is the perfect place to relieve stress and get into shape even if you don't work out at all. It is also a great place for girls and guys to build up confidence, and grow physically and mentally. Everyone I have met here is extremely nice and it is always a great vibe in each class! I would highly recommend it!
If you are interested in Aikido or Brazilian Jujitsu, this is the place to be. Alex is a wonderful instructor who takes the time to make sure each student knows what they are doing. Everyone is so helpful and encouraging no matter their rank. When I first started I was very nervous to be mixed in with higher ranks, but I quickly noticed the very respectful atmosphere of the dojo and I felt very comfortable. I enjoy my time here very much.
Michigan Aikido Academy is great martial arts school. I have been training with Sensei Alex for almost two years now. My previous martial arts experience includes more than 10 years of Kyokushin Karate training, Special Forces hand-to-hand fighting and Sambo. Some years ago I moved from practicing hard fighting styles to soft fighting styles link Systema and Aikido. It takes way more skill to apply Aikido to real life situations because your timing has to be perfect for your technique to work, but when you get to the level when you timing becomes more accurate and your movements more relaxed and precise, you can truly start appreciate art like Aikido and Systema. Sensei Alex has helped me a lot with understanding principles of Aikido. He always has positive attitude towards his students and life in general. It does not matter if you have previous martial art experience or not, you will be welcomed by Sensei Alex and you will feel as home in his dojo.
In my opinion, Martial Arts is an essential part of your mental and physical heath as well as your personal development. Everyone needs to have basic self defense skills and a way to relieve the stress that piles up. In this dojo you will develop the confidence you need to handle everyday situation. Practicing Aikido teaches you to flow with energy rather than meet force with force. This applies in the dojo as well as in your everyday life. If you apply the lessons you learn here, you will improve your focus, become stronger, more disciplined, more compassionate, and more tolerant. You will approach situations with a clearer head and positive attitude, which will cause you to have a more positive impact on your own life and the lives of all the people you touch.
Being in Law Enforcement I feel that Aikido is an essential skill to have. Sensei Alex uses traditional techniques with practical application. Having previously studied in Aikido, I was looking for an instructor that embraces "old school" etiquette and Dojo discipline, Sensei Alex does both. I have even started my kids in his kids Brazilian Jujitsu class. Sensei Alex is very patient and makes training fun for the kids while teaching them valuable defensive and protective tools. Stop in and watch a class for yourself!
This is a fantastic place to learn aikido or BJJ. Sensei Alex is very thorough, patient, and encouraging, and you never feel dumb or intimidated while training. It's a very relaxed environment for students of any skill level.
I've been training in aikido for around 6 months, and I absolutely love it. I started training to help ease PTSD symptoms (severe anxiety and depression), as well as to help improve my self-confidence. It's been slow, but I'm definitely noticing a change in myself. I'm more confident and dedicated, and am able to better manage my anxiety and depression. And better yet, it keeps improving the longer I'm attending class.
The aikido we learn is a good balance between tradition and practicality. We learn some traditional techniques and some practical techniques geared toward real-life scenarios. Aikido is not an "aggressive" martial art - it's defensive. We learn a lot of pins and joint locks - ways of escaping an assault or incapacitating an attacker. This makes it ideal for smaller students or those without a lot of muscle - you don't have to be big or strong to effectively use the techniques.
I'd also like to comment that the dojo is always clean (students help with the cleaning) and it doesn't have a "foot" smell like some dojos.
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Aikido builds core strength and flexibility.
Studying Aikido increases self-confidence and self-esteem.
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Aikido emphasizes the mind-body connection and helps students learn self-control.
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