School of Aikido
PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF AIKIDO
Aikido practice increases your balance, coordination, reaction, and sense of timing; improves your posture, flexibility and aerobic conditioning. It gives you a greater awareness of your body, as well as a more relaxed and confident presence [source]
MENTAL BENEFITS OF AIKIDO
Mental benefits include an increased self-awareness and relaxation; better ability to resolve conflicts and deal with stressful situations in a calmer and more positive manner; greater self-confidence and self-discipline; and the constant challenge of self-development and learning new skills [source]
AIKIDO FOR SELF-DEFENSE
In Japan, a nation of many martial arts, Aikido is the one chosen for instruction to the elite Tokyo Metropolitan Riot Police and Secret Police. The reason for this may be the extreme flexibility inherent in the art. Unlike other arts, Aikido technique can be applied at varying levels of severity, in a continuum from the most gentle controlling techniques to the most severe countermeasures.
Aikido is therefore ideal for application to a wide range of defensive situations. Aikido can be flexibly adapted to whatever situation arises; this is the legacy of the samurai, who devised these techniques to face a bewildering array of assaults by single or multiple attackers. [source]
ABOUT STAUNTON AIKIKAI
Sensei Jim Jacenich
Sensei Jacenich started Aikido training in 1981, under Peter Bernath in Florida. Since then, he has trained in New York and Washington DC, with several United States Aikido Federation (USAF) renowned instructors, such as Yamada Sensei, Sugano Sensei, Harvey Konigsberg, and Donovan Waite. In 1991, he was tested for black belt by Gordon Sakamoto and Clyde Takeguchi and obtained his degree of Shodan. He was promoted to Nidan in December 2020.
In 1997 he moved to Highland County, Virginia, and started a small class in his garage, which eventually moved to a dance studio in Monterey, VA.
He has taught both children and adults.
Now he is the head instructor and founder of Staunton Aikikai, an Aikido Dojo and member of the United States Aikido Federation that operates in at Gypsy Hill Park in front of the bandstand.
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We practice outside at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, VA.
600 Churchville Ave Staunton VA United States 24401