To prospective students:
A long time ago, I was lucky enough to see high level practitioners of aikido and I knew that I wanted what they had, so I sought it out. If you are reading this, you are probably asking whether aikido is something you want.
Aikido is a warrior’s path to non-violence. It is an effective martial art that resolves conflict by neutralizing the attack. In order to accomplish this, one must be centered, connected, whole, open, and lively — both physically and mentally. It takes disciplined training.
If you choose to start aikido, you will bring along your own set of expectations. Your first challenge will be to let your expectations go. When you let go, aikido will give you the system and structure needed to succeed and, just as important, to fail as you follow a path of continual self-improvement and refinement.
Aikido is a pursuit that will profoundly affect every aspect of your life. All you need to do is decide whether you want it.
If you think you “want it”, we’ll be happy to get you started. Come by, introduce yourself and watch a class… this is how we all begin.
Chief Instructor, Ventura Aikikai