What Is Aikido?
Aikido is a defensive, noncompetitive, highly sophisticated Japanese martial art. Through Aikido movement, joint locks and projection throws, students learn to blend with and redirect attacks from one or multiple opponents. Techniques are based on movement and leverage minimizing the need for physical strength, thus making Aikido training suitable for men and woman. The flowing nature of the techniques along with proper breathing permits a sense of relaxation during critically stressful times. Aikido training emphasizes circular movement, physical conditioning and the development of a core balance in order to blend with an attacker for the peaceful resolution of conflict. Through Aikido training a student hones their personal clarity and confidence bringing about improved conflict resolution in everyday life, whether verbal, emotional or physical.
The Japanese word Aikido literally translates to “The Way of Blending Energy,” thereby integrating mind and body as taught by O’Sensei, The founder of Aikido.
Aikido of Saratoga County is a formal Japanese Aikido School that stresses the understanding of the fundamental principles of body movements and the development of technique and awareness. The school will provide a comfortable training environment that will permit each student the opportunity to grow at their pace. Aikido is always practiced at the individual student’s level. Progress and effectiveness in Aikido does not depend on size or strength, but on commitment and consistent practice. Through our relationship with Albany Aikido, we are affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) under the supervision of Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
- Sensei Arnie Gentile began formal Aikido training in 1990 under the supervision of Sensei Irving Faust (6th Dan) of Albany Aikido. Through his travels as an airline pilot, he has trained in many Aikido Dojos throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has taught Aikido at Albany Aikido, RPI, Saratoga YMCA and several cities across the US. Sensei Gentile holds the rank of San Dan (3rd degree) and continues to develop his practice and trains actively with his Sensei and his fellow Aikidoka. He has trained in several martial arts including extensive training in Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kun Do.
- Stuart See currently holds the rank of 1st Kyu in Hombu Dojo, Tokyo Japan and 2nd Kyu in the USAF. He began Aikido training in 1997 under 5th Dan Jim Baker in Memphis and upon returning to Singapore in 1999, continued his training under 7th Dan Shihan George Chang. Stuart relocated to Saratoga Springs in 2011 and resumed his Aikido training under Sensei Arnie Gentile.
- Dean A. Haycock started Aikido training with Sensei Gentile in 2005 and holds the rank of 2nd Kyu. Dean has also trained extensively in several forms of Karate and holds a Black Belt in Koro Ken Karate.
Monday & Thursday
- 6:00pm – 7:15pm
- 9:00am – 10:00am
(Effective January 1, 2014 new Students)
(Effective July 1, 2014 all Students)
Beginning Students Three Month Special:
- $179 Adult/$149 Child (Includes three month dues plus Gi)
- Four Months $198 or $55 per month (save $22)
- Four Months $162 or $45 per month (save $18)
- 2nd member afforded a 15% discount
- 3rd member afforded a 30% discount
- 4 or more – $150/month (Four Month payment receives 10% Discount)
- Adult: $60.00
- Children: $50.00
Matt Fee – $10
USAF testing for Adults requires USAF annual dues $45.00 payable Jan. 1
Visitors are always welcome!
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