Aikido Classes in Westchester NY
The first step is to find the best martial art for you. This section provides information for Westchester residents. Our facility, however, only provides instruction in the martial arts of Aikido through Aikido Westchester NY and Tai Chi through Still Mind Tai Chi Westchester. We are located on the outskirts of White Plains with a separate parking facility to make travel from Yonkers, New Rochelle and the Bronx convenient.
Aikido was one modernization of Jujitsu by Morehei Ueshiba in the 20th century. In Westchester, Aikido classes may have some basic exercises in the beginning, but eschews the use of forms. Aikido class immediately moves to the ongoing practice of application with a partner which employs circular movements to throw or pin an assailant using their power. The movements can be simple or quite complex and the grappling is not quite so up close and personal as in Judo, for example. Aikido also emphasizes defense against multiple attackers. Weapons training with sword and staff may include defense against armed attacker(s) as well as sword vs. sword, etc. Pure Aikido eschews competition completely and teaches controlling an attacker rather than harming them from the outset. Exercise tends to be aerobic. To build leg strength, one learns to travel on their knees with the same agility as when standing.
In Westchester County, Aikido is available in White Plains and Bedford Hills, but not in New Rochelle or Yonkers. As pure Aikido has little or no availability in the Bronx, White Plains is the closest Westchester location.