Akido for Youth!
Train like a samurai this summer for ages 8-16!
- 2 hr2 hours
- 10 US dollars$10
- Main Avenue
Mondays & Wednesdays - 2:00-4:00 Starting June 13th - Aug 3rd Train like a samurai this summer! Japan’s samurai warrior class was abolished in 1868 to make way for the “modern world.” However, for centuries samurai possessed all combat knowledge, and yet, their primary role in society was as peace-keepers. Luckily, their secrets seeped into our modern world through the martial art of aikido which blends with attacks to snuff out the violence. Just like samurai, higher-level trainees in aikido wear the black, billowing, pleated pants, called hakama. Each of the 7 pleats on the hakama represents the core values of bushido, or samurai martial training: benevolence (jin), honor (gi), respect (rei), wisdom (chi), sincerity (shin), loyalty (chu), and piety (koh). In this 8-week summer class, participants will explore how these values translate into aikido, as well as how they can transform our individual experiences for the better. Students will learn core aikido techniques—all of which redirect the energy of an attack to subdue the attacker (or bully). Students will also develop poise and physical coordination through fundamental weapons training with the bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff). Expect a mix of action-packed games, mindful breathing moments, technical practice, and some thoughtful discussions. Participants should wear workout attire or a training gi (which prevent damage to everyday clothes). Instructor bio: Jenny Mason is a second-degree black belt (nidan) in aikido with many years experience instructing lively and engaging kid’s aikido courses through Durango Shin-Budo Kai Aikido (501c3). Outside of aikido, she is a children’s author with over 20 nonfiction books and articles for young readers.
1150 Main Ave, Durango, CO, USA