Our New Location! We are now Open!
4,300 Sq. Ft. Building 1,600 Sq. Ft. Sprung Floor Mat System
“I would like to introduce you to the new 4,300 sq. ft. Aikido of Charlotte! (a little less than half will be a production studio). The Dojo will include changing rooms, shower, kitchen area, LED lighting, Ceiling Fans & a 1,600 sq. ft sprung floor mat system with 72 Zebra Mats, which will be the largest martial arts mat system of this kind in NC & SC. Our Inaugural Seminar with Andy Demko, 7th Dan, Shihan, USAF Technical Committee is on February 5-6, 2016.”
…Jonathan Weiner, 4th Dan, Shidoin | Dojo Cho
Before class yesterday, I was putting my hickory bokuto up on the rack in our new dojo. There was no room left on the rack, so Main-Sensei suggested I take down one of the old red oak training swords which are available for any student’s use. I did, but as...
At the heart of any organization are the people that make it run. We often casually refer to these people as being a part of the Core team. But what does it really mean to be a part of the Core Team that makes an organization function? In our work...
Dan McMillan is a former world champion gymnast and collegiate coach turned best-selling author and motivational speaker. He is also a Shodan in Aikido. His first book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, while not specifically about martial arts, is well-known amongst Aikidoka because many of its central themes are...
In Aikido, Hakamas generally are associated with ‘Yudansha’ or Black Belt Ranks. In the United States Aikido Federation, especially at major seminars, you will only see Black Belts in Hakamas. It is a sign of experience. It is a symbol of proficiency in your nage skills but more so in...
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...
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