Asheville Aikikai 939 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC 28804 828-258-1330

The Asheville Aikikai is a non-profit corporation founded in 1983 and is dedicated to the development of the "Aikido Spirit" of harmony between all people. The practice of aikido occurs not only on a physical plane but also should be carried over into our daily lives and can be used to help us see our way through difficult situations.

The physical benefits of regular training are many-fold. You not only learn good self-defense techniques and strategies, but as you become proficient at the many techniques of aikido, you will notice that even the simplest tasks, like walking, become more graceful. With regular training your power, agility, speed, coordination and flexibility can increase greatly.

Other benefits of regular aikido training include greater self-confidence, increased awareness of surroundings, greater tolerance for acceptance of others' opinions, and a greater sense of self-worth as you see yourself progress. Of course these are but a few of the things that many people experience, but everyone who comes to the dojo does not come for the same reason. Some people come for the self-defense aspects, some come for the self-development aspects, others come to "round-out" their previous martial art experiences, and still others may just want to "get in shape". No matter what draws a person to aikido, we at the Asheville Aikikai try to make practicing the art as pleasant as possible for all.

Aikido can be of great benefit to all ages. The young are taught techniques to help develop coordination and cooperation, and are also given a chance to "blow off a little steam" safely. Older members may want to stress flexibility more and use the techniques and pins more slowly. Those that desire a more rigorous workout and "sweat" are also accommodated either during class or after class as their energy levels indicate.

Daniel Palmer, our chief instructor, began practicing aikido in 1973 studying under Akira Tohei, shihan, and is one of the founding members of the Midwest Aikido Center. He is currently ranked as Godan (Fifth degree black belt). The dojo is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation.

Class Hours:
EVENINGS
Monday & Friday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 6:30pm-7:30pm
MORNINGS
Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-10:00am

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