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January 2022 Beginner’s Series

A 6-week Foundation
January 24 – February 28
Mondays at 6pm + optional Wednesdays at 6pm

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January 2022 Aikido Beginner's SeriesReady to start training?

We are thrilled to bring the Aikido Beginner’s Series back in the dojo with Covid protocols to keep everyone safe. Aikido is a dynamic martial art that exercises body and mind, improves flexibility and coordination, and promotes overall well-being, with practical applications for safe falling, self-defense, and non-violent conflict resolution. We are excited to share it with you!

Offered twice a year for new, returning, current, and prospective students, this weekly series sets the groundwork for continued practice in the dojo, scaffolding the basics for steady progression into the dynamic sphere of aikido practice.

Each Monday will introduce concepts integral to aikido (and many other martial arts). As the series progresses, optional attendance in the Wednesday session will put the practice in the context of a regular training session. Students will learn how to roll and fall (ukemi); throw their partner using position and leverage (nage); and explore the principles of body movement (tai-sabaki), balance (kuzushi), and striking (atemi).

No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear loose clothes that cover the knees and elbows and bring an open mind. Tacoma Aikikai is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive space, mutually respecting people of all race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, background, faith, age, and ability.

Tacoma Aikikai operates on a sliding scale fee schedule for folks who need it:
Full price: $80. Sliding scale/Need-based: $60 (">email us for sliding scale registration). Free for members and no one turned away for lack of funds.

*Covid protocols include mask and vaccination requirements for indoor training for adults, subject to change based on CDC recommendations.



Introductory ClassesOptional Attendance
MondayJanuary 24th
MondayJanuary 31st
MondayFebruary 7thWednesdayFebruary 9th
MondayFebruary 14thWednesdayFebruary 16th
MondayFebruary 21stWednesdayFebruary 23th
MondayFebruary 28thWednesdayMarch 1st

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a modern martial art developed in Japan. Known as “the way of harmony”, aikido neutralizes an opponent’s attacks through joint locks and throws. Through sincere training, students of all ages and abilities find confidence in conflict resolution, improved fitness and flexibility, and an overall sense of well-being.

Who is Tacoma Aikikai?

Tacoma Aikikai, rooted in the lineage and discipline of Japanese martial traditions, has offered community-centered and woman-led aikido martial arts instruction since 2016. Instructors Ea Murphy and Eric Gillet have decades of experience training and teaching aikido across cultures and continents.

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