Recent Self Defense Class a hugeSuccess!
“Thank you Aikido of Charlotte, for putting together a great self defense class that was practical and very educational. Led by Sensei J. Weiner, as he and Sensei D. Main explained and executed the techniques, while asst. instructor & Police Officer Steve talked about real life scenarios. Each Aikido member shared their knowledge and instruction, which gave me confidence, as I practiced the techniques with them. I have gained the physical skills and a greater awareness to protect myself if needed. I highly encourage everyone to take this class!”
Practical Self Defense. Modern Disclipline Aikido!
Aikido of Charlotte is a North Carolina Non-Profit Educational organization founded over 25 years ago and is the oldest, most experienced aikido dojo in the Charlotte.
Our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main Sensei, 6th Dan, Shidoin, has 45 years of experience and is the most senior aikido teacher in the Charlotte surrounding area. We are dedicated to the teaching of traditional Aikido as handed down from the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei). We have an Air-conditioned Retail dojo with a 1,000 sq. ft sprung mat system just minutes from Uptown Charlotte and highly accessible from South Charlotte or the Lake Norman area. We have an “open mat” policy where you can come watch and/or participate in a class. We encourage fellow aikidoka from other dojos to come seek us out in their travels. We strive for a “friendly” atmosphere where we train seriously yet have a lot of fun at the same time. Our dojo is run by Dojo Cho, J. Weiner Sensei, 4th Dan, Fukushidoin, please contact him for questions.
Tonight, we really focused on ‘precision’ in our techniques both as nage and uke. It’s human tendency to want to speed up, rush, hurry and get to the finish line but when you slow down and focus on specific details and work on being precise in your attack, your technique,...
Having taken 5 Kyu Tests and training for my last Kyu test (1st Kyu) sometime in the future, here are some pointers I wanted to share with my Kohai. In Martial Arts, especially Aikido these are the guidelines you want to follow: 1. You never should ask to be tested...
I don’t know what it is about the 1993 movie ‘Rudy’, for those that haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Click Here for Plot. It’s one of the few movies that I get choked up and emotional at the end. Some of us have a hard time relating. I...
After practicing Aikido for a while, you learn something interesting: Aiki movement is not just an effective martial arts tactic, it’s also highly efficient in daily life. This occurred to me recently while moving through doors in my office building. I became aware of how inefficient it is to open...
When you join Aikido of Charlotte not only do you get the benefit of being taught by superior instructors, you are actually joining a community of practitioners who’s relationships extend beyond the edge of the mat. You become friends, co-workers, almost like a family…participating in each others lives outside the dojo.- Jim Plunkett, 3rd Kyu
Aikido of Charlotte is the first school I have visited in a very long time that made me feel comfortable learning at my own pace – the instruction is excellent and there is also no feeling of needing to prove yourself or to be the new “tough guy” in the class.- Kristen Stone, 5th Kyu
“I’d like to thank Aikido Charlotte for an enlightening and informative self defense class, that I attended. I loved the professionalism and practical knowledge I learned from the class. I feel much more confident from what I learned in a few hours. Sensei D. Main and Sensei J. Weiner were extremely informative and helpful in their instruction and gave great advice during the practice sessions. I’d highly recommend the course and am considering enrolling in the school as a result. Thanks again!”- Debbie B, Self Defense Class Student