• If you've never taken a martial arts class in your life or have minimal experience and want something more than a weekend experience, this program is for YOU.
• Men and women from across the DC area are enrolling in DC Aikido Martial Arts in order to make a commitment to trying a martial art system that is designed to give them skills, perspective and a better understanding of themselves and what they want to gain from their training and experience.
• Our programs are designed to get you active, teach you self-defense, build discipline, and encourage growth and development. Whether you are looking to try something new, introduce yourself to martial arts, learn a new skill or find a positive outlet for stress, our dedicated professionals teach classes that deliver skills that can be applied to all areas of life.
• This class is designed to:
-Teach you practical self-defense against strikes, grabs and armed attacks
-Enhance your understanding and competence of your options in a conflict
-Provide an alternative means of physical fitness, flexibility and cardio training
-Introduce you to like-minded individuals that will be your classmates and friends
-Challenge you to move, think and perceive in ways you never have
-Give you a primer for what we have to offer in our Adult Aikido Program
These classes are about more than simply teaching physical self-defense techniques; our classes are about using your combined mind, body, and spirit at the highest level. Our students learn to harness the power of their inner strength just as much as their outer strength.
We understand that the martial arts can be intimidating for newcomers which is why we’ve created this friendly, first step to introduce you to something you may grow to truly love and continue to invest in the future. This is a great way to invest in yourself and in a program that will deliver a high-quality experience.
• If you’re ready to get started and now is the perfect time to give it a try!
The goal of this series is to teach you how the principles of aikido, a Japanese martial art that is based on using an attacker's strength and momentum against them, can help you avoid, redirect, thwart, and escape unwanted physical interactions in a variety of settings. Utilizing aikido as well as other proven self-defense techniques, these seminars will help you cultivate greater awareness, gain physical confidence, and learn and practice critical skills to keep you safe. Each seminar will feature several instructors who will work one-on-one and in small groups with participants, giving everyone ample opportunity to practice their new skills.
Each seminar is two hours in length.
Participants are encouraged to take all three seminars but not required to do so.
PART ONE: Self-Defense in Professional Situations (Sunday, January 8, 2023) 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in a professional situation when a colleague violates your personal space? Has a client ever overstepped your physical boundaries by imposing unwanted hugs, touch, or other advances? How do you maintain your personal boundaries and avoid unwanted physical interactions while still navigating the professional social scene? This seminar will focus on ways to handle these challenging situations. You will learn skills such as:
Verbal and physical deescalation techniques in a professional setting
How to defend your personal space in crowded social situations
Deflecting unwanted physical attention using the principles of aikido
PART TWO: Self Defense in Social Situations (Sunday, January 22, 2023) 2:00 - 4:00 pm
What can you do to protect yourself when a date becomes physically coercive or aggressive? How can you exit a dangerous social situation quickly and effectively when others are threatening your physical safety? This seminar will focus on self-defense skills that are useful in social situations. You will learn techniques such as:
Safely leaving a situation when someone becomes physically threatening or aggressive.
How to escape grabs or holds commonly used to detain you physically
How to assess potential physical threats and devise effective exit strategies
PART THREE: Survival Self Defense Skills (Sunday, January 28, 2023) 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Anyone who lives in a city fears becoming the victim of random violence. In this seminar we will focus on crucial self defense skills that are particularly effective when one’s opponent is larger and stronger than you.
How to disable and safely escape from situations where you are under attack in places such as a parking garage, an elevator, a stairwell, for example.
How to use footwork, balance-taking, and timing to take a larger and more aggressive attacker quickly to the ground
How to escape chokeholds, avoid punches, and deflect other common attacks