SCHEDULE & CLASSES

Classes are open to all members regardless of experience or rank, except where otherwise noted. The distinction between the basics and general classes is one of focus rather than skill level.

Please note that the main entrance to the building is locked on Sundays. Call the dojo at 212-477-0899 to be let in.

This schedule is subject to change. Please check back regularly.


 


BEGINNER

These classes focus on ukemi skills, fundamental principles, and basic techniques. While targeted for beginners, all are welcome. Material is geared to those in attendance.

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BASICS

Basics classes emphasize techniques that students are first tested on in the lower ranks. Generally, techniques will be organized along one theme (various ways of using one movement, for example, or various ways of responding to one attack), and enough time will be given to each technique so that beginners can start to become familiar with it, while more advanced practitioners can work to improve execution.

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GENERAL

These are, for the most part, taught by our chief and senior instructors. The techniques taught can be more advanced and beginning students may feel at times confused and out of place. Don’t be discouraged – that’s the same way people who have been practicing for years often feel.

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RANDORI

Randori classes focus on defense against multiple, simultaneous attacks. These classes aim to teach awareness, quick responsiveness, and calmness in the face of attack.

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ADVANCED

By instructor’s permission.

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WEAPONS

These classes present bokken and jo (wooden sword and staff) practice, with the purpose of exploring the principles of Aikido. You are free to bring your own weapons or use one of the dojo’s weapons.

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IAIDO

The Bond Street DojoIaido Study Group practices kata and kumi tachi in the Muso Shinden Ryu style and is associated with the North American San Shin Kai. Iaido is a separate martial art, but is complementary to our Aikido practice, both reinforcing fundamentals and enhancing aiki weapons practice.

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FREE PRACTICE

Available to all members interested in working on any aspect of their Aikido practice, subject to supervision by a senior dojo member. During the several weeks preceding kyu testing, free practice is intended to provide kyu rank candidates with extra time to work with their sponsors. Even if you are not testing, free practice is an excellent opportunity to work on your ukemi.

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CLEANING

“Cleaning is an active prayer of thanksgiving. It is each student’s responsibility to assist in cleaning the dojo and to cleanse his or her own mind and heart.” ASU Handbook, Second Edition.

Each Bond Street member actively participates in cleaning and maintenance of the dojo. This includes vacuuming, dusting, laundering rags & towels, removing trash & recyclables, and purchasing supplies. Related reading: Meaningful Misogi by Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan.

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SPECIAL OFFERS

New Member Special

Get a special rate of $150 for the first three months when you become a member. (Cash or check only. Sorry, no credit cards.)

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Aikido 101

Free Intro to Aikido Class

The first and third Saturday of every month is a free class, geared towards beginners and open to the public.

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