Aikido Institute was invited to participate in Lick-Wilmerding High School’s “Walk With A Purpose” day on April 26th. The main focus of Walk With A Purpose is to take a day to address ideas and issues that our community and the world at large face such as social justice, gender equality, violence, youth issues and more. This year the theme was "self reflection, solidarity/liberation and building community.”
LWHS instructor and AI student Eric Friedman invited AI dojo-cho Stephen Kilmer and Monday evening instructor Jacob Clapsadle to lead an introduction to aikido class for a group of twenty students.
As Eric explained: “First, I find that the students can get bogged down in heady discussions and don't get a chance to be in their bodies. Which leads to the second idea that the practice of Aikido (as I understand it) is centered on connecting to others, resolving conflict, and building self awareness. So I thought the students would enjoy an experience where they can learn to approach conflict and resolution on a physical level. Also I think it would be fun!”
If your school or organization is interested in an Aikido demo and/or class, please contact us.
The KIAI is the Aikido Institute's official blog, consisting of articles, announcements and other postings from dojo members. The KIAI was originally a paper newsletter, founded by Howard Hoa Newens Sensei during his tenure as dojo-cho of our dojo. It started in it's early format in 1995. (Currently, some of the early issues are missing from our collection!). It was remixed into this blog starting in April 2017..
Part of the idea is that reflecting and writing about Aikido furthers and strengthens our practice. We welcome articles and other works from all dojo members and from others as well (send us a note below!).